RIXON, John

1954 - 2019

John Rixon

John Peter Rixon, was born at Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire on 16 May 1954, son of Peter Ernest Rixon (5 December 1931-22 August 2000) and his wife Blanche Rosetta née Felton (1931-5 November 2015), who married at Bishops Stortford in 1951. John was educated at Framlingham College 1965 and at Birmingham City University. An art school lecturer for some 20 years, specialising in colour theory and composition and since 2009 part-time lecturer in Further Education at Suffolk New College in Ipswich, specialising in Moving Image, Digital Art & Design and Visual Studies and, whilst working at college, he also practised as a collage artist and designer. As 'Amukidi' aka John Rixon, is a relative newcomer to the field of visuals making films and curates shows and is a regular Video Jockey (VJ) for the Big Chill and has many sets under his belt, including: Norman Jay, Gilles Peterson, Tom Middleton, Fred Deakin, Lol Hammond, Roger Eno and Pete Lawrence and Amukidi's background is firmly rooted in the fine-art area. Rixon's own work focuses on ambient and electronica, with the imagery emerging from complex video collages or 'motion paintings' as he now regards them. His bold use of colour and composition stems from many years of studying and teaching colour theory. In 2010, John along with Simon Wild, curated 'Quiet Voices' a show at the Tate Britain gallery that featured live audio visual performances by artists such as Roger Eno, Jon Hopkins, Alucidnation and Animat and others and a short film programme that explored the nature of quiet. He married at Ipswich in 1978, Sarah Anne Sherrard Amos and they lived at Ipswich with their two children for many years. He died at Ipswich on 14 January 2019.




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