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 Henry Warren Dixon  (1941 - )

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Lived/Active: Missouri/Florida      Known for: figure, landscape (Grand Canyon) and still-life painting

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Title: Last Light-Grand Canyon 1, Date: March, 1996 , Medium: Watercolor on paper, Last Light-Grand Canyon 1 is in permanent collection of Hallmark Cards, Inc.
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Henry Dixon paints predominately in watercolor, and is a painter in realist style, whose subjects are people, places and things---figures, landscape and still life. His figures are mainly those of children and the elderly, whose actions and demeanors seem unpretentious and natural. He tries to capture his figures as they really are.

His landscapes are those that are rocky terrain, i.e., Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Rocky Mountains, etc. His still life's take on an abstract quality when mixed with a strong light source. Depicting light on his subjects is what evokes for him the most pleasure from his painting.

Born in Jacksonville, Florida, he grew up in Chicago, Illinois with his mother, an older brother and three sisters. While attending elementary school there he occasionally got into trouble for drawing when he should have been finishing his class assignments. At the age of 18, he and his mother and siblings moved to Niles, Michigan, where he graduated from high school and later attended Western Michigan University and received his formal art training.

He holds a Bachelor's of Art Degree in Art and Master of Arts Degree in Graphic Design. After graduation, he was recruited by a major greeting card company in Kansas, City, Missouri where he now resides and works out of his studio. Henry has a wife (Rena) and three sons (Rodney, Reginald, and Ryan).

He is intrigued and awed by the works of such masters as Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent and Thomas Moran. Homer and Sargent for their figures and Moran for his stunning landscapes. Henry's major tool for capturing his subjects is one of his best friends, his camera.

Dixon was selected as one of five artists to represent North America in London, England at St. James Palace for the Winson and Newton World-Wide Millennium Painting Competition, "Our World in the year 2000". Fifty-one (51) countries from around the world were represented including the U.S.A. There were over 22,000 entries, a record that made the Guinness Book of World Records. HRH The Prince of Wales, Prince Charles himself, chaired the Judging Committee or panel. The show was also exhibited in Stockholm, Brussels and the United Nations Building in New York as well as London.

He became a Signature member of the National Watercolor Society in 1995 of which the records from 1920-1995 of which the records from 1920 to 1995 which included artists and slides of their work became a part of the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution Art Archives in Washington, D.C.

Hallmark Cards, Inc. Kansas City, Missouri
Kaiser Permanente Kansas City, Missouri
Karl (Carl) Van Vechtin Gallery of Art-Fisk University. Nashville, Tennessee
Sprint Corporation
White House Historical Association Washington, D.C.
Slide Image and Name in the Smithsonian Institute Art
Archives Washington, D.C.


The Artist's Magazine. "Dream Studio Award Winners". Bebe Raupe. July 1993, p. 76

American Artist. "Painting Everyday Life". Henry Dixon. October 1996, p. 80

Watercolor Magic. "The Romance of Reality'. Henry Dixon. Fall 1997, p. 80.

The Artist's Magazine. "1999 Art Competition." M. Bloomfield. December
1999, p. 88

International Artist. "Master Painters of the World." Jennifer King. June/July 2000, p.160

The Artist's Magazine. "Artful Destinations". Lorraine Crouch. June 2001, p. 88

International Artist. "Major Prizewinners Showcase." Jennifer King. Oct/Nov 2001.

Watercolor Magic Magazine. "Headliners 2001"  Maureen Bloomfield, Spring 2002           

Watercolor Magic Magazine. "Taking Control." Caroline Purtell, October 2005          

Watercolor Artist. "Watercolor Essentials-Picture Perfect."  Henry W. Dixon, June 2009       

International Review of African American Artists, Volume 19, no 2, "Black Romantic Redeemed - Black Romantic and Relevance" by Kara-Arlene Langford


Silver Award, Visual Arts Center of Northwest Florida; Panama City, Florida, 1993.

First Place, Cultural Diversity Art Exhibition; Kansas City, Kansas; August 1993.

World-Wide Millennium Exhibition, United Nations Building, Exhibition Hall; New York, New York; July 2000.

Golden Palette Award, Rocky Mountain National Water Media Exhibition; Golden, Colorado; July 1999.

Best of Show, 52nd Annual Exhibition Texas Watercolor Society; San Antonio, Texas; 2000.

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