Professor Stephen Dixon studied Fine Art at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and Ceramics at the Royal College of Art, graduating in 1986.His early exhibitions in London with Contemporary Applied Arts and the Crafts Council established a reputation for figurative ceramics with a biting political and social satire. Anatol Orient introduced Dixon’s work to the U.S.A. in the early nineteen nineties, resulting in solo exhibitions at Pro-Art, St. Louis (1993) Garth Clark Gallery, New York (1995) and Nancy Margolis Gallery, New York (1998).
Dixon combines studio ceramics with regular public and community projects; in 2000 he received an Arts Council ‘Year of the Artist’ award for a collaborative project with Amnesty International and Kosovan refugees, and in 2009 was commissioned to produce the ceramic sculpture ‘Monopoly’ for the British Ceramic Biennial in Stoke-on-Trent.
Dixon is currently engaged as Professorial Research Fellow in Contemporary Arts at Manchester Metropolitan University, investigating political narrative and the contemporary printed image. He was recently engaged as the first artist-in-residence in the new Ceramic Galleries at the V&A.
His work features in numerous public and private collections, including the Museum of Arts & Design, New York; The Victoria and Albert Museum, London; the British Crafts Council; San Francisco Museum of Fine Arts; The Royal Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh; The Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool; and Manchester Art Gallery.