"A good picture tells a story, and nothing tells a story better - more eloquently, more efficiently - than the human face. The faces here are those of Oregon artists. The story they tell, in part, is that of Oregon's cultural history. They are the people who define the contemporary art scene - gifted and dedicated people whose work has enriched our lives and whose legacies are destined to be part of our cultural heritage. With each portrait it has been my hope to produce first a decent photograph - a truthful record, one that honors the unique strength of the medium, but I have sought also to produce a photograph that resonates, one that is more than just a simple statement of fact, one that preserves for myself and others a brief glimpse of the being behind the image."
K. B. Dixon's Bio:
K. B. Dixon is the author of seven novels: The Sum of His Syndromes, Andrew (A to Z), A Painter’s Life, The Ingram Interview, The Photo Album, Novel Ideas, and Notes as well as the short story collection, My Desk and I. The recipient of an OAC Individual Artist Fellowship Award, he is the winner of both the Next Generation Indie Book Award and the Eric Hoffer Book Award. Examples of his photographic work may be found in private collections, juried exhibitions, online galleries, and at K.B. Dixon Images, kbdixonimages.com. He has exhibited most recently at Black Box Gallery and Pro Photo Gallery. In 2015 he was selected as a finalist for the Black & White Spider Award in Portraiture.
Michael Parsons Fine Art
716 S.W. Madison
Portland, OR 97205
Gallery Hours: Wednesday - Saturday, 12pm-5pm
Face To Face: 32 Oregon Artists
Photographs by K. B. Dixon
Show Dates: February 3 - February 27, 2016
Show Opening Reception: Saturday, February 6th, 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Artist Talk: Photographer K. B. Dixon will speak about his work at 2:00pm
M. J. Anderson
Artist K. B. Dixon in Gallery: February 20th, 1-2pm
K. B. Dixon will be present and pleased to autograph copies of his new
book, or answer any questions you might have about his work.
K. B. Dixon is the author of 7 novels and one of the Northwest's finest photographers. A long time observer and participant in the Northwest art scene, here is the artist's statement about the publication of his new book, "Face to Face: 32 Oregon Artists", and the exhibition of his 32 artist portraits at our gallery:
The artists included in the project are: Katherine Ace, M. J. Anderson, Mark Andres, Rick Bartow, Michael Brophy, Clint Brown, Sally Cleveland, Tom Cramer, Matthew Dennison, Robert Dozono, Gregory Grenon, Roll Hardy, Stephen Hayes, George Johanson, Jackie Johnson, Mary Josephson, Mel Katz, Lee Kelly, Michael Knutson, Paul Missal, Stephen O' Donnell, Henk Pander, Lucinda Parker, J. D. Perkin, Jack Portland, Thomas Prochaska, Christopher Rauschenberg, Rene Rickabaugh, Laura Ross-Paul, Melinda Thorsnes, Samantha Wall, and Sherrie Wolf.
These portraits are of some of the most important artists working in Oregon today. Artists who have been part of the cultural landscape here for decades—gifted and dedicated people whose work has enriched our lives and whose legacies are destined to be part of our cultural heritage.
The limited edition 12" x 18" black and white Archival Pigment Prints, printed on Hahnemuhle Baryta Paper, will be available framed, unframed, or as a complete portfolio.
The impressive photobook catalog of the show, which includes an introductory essay by Bob Hicks, long-time arts writer and editor for The Oregonian, and writer now for Oregon Arts Watch, is currently available at the gallery and costs $35. The catalog includes an image of each of the 32 artists as taken in their studios in 2015 and an image of each artists' representational work.