Maynard Dixon

by Mark Sublette




Utah was a favorite place of Dixon's; he loved the light and found the Mormon people gracious and kind. In a Christmas card to his good friend Joe, Dixon wrote, "Many times I wanted to write you, but struggle for health takes a lot out of me. Big news is we are going to quit California and build us a log house in Utah, far from any large town. Mormons are simple honest farming people. We like them. Beautiful country, but cold in winter. Don't know if we can make a living there, but take a gamblers chance." Given his love for Utah, it seems fitting that Provo's Brigham Young University has the largest museum collection of Maynard Dixon lifework paintings.

Most of the Utah paintings are from 1933 through 1945. Mount Carmel was Dixon's summer retreat from the Arizona desert heat. (Fig. 10) Zion National Park was also a favorite area. While there are many landscapes of the harsh, unforgiving earth, Dixon also captured Utah's serene mountain meadows.

One only has to gaze upon these majestic paintings to understand Maynard Dixon's vision of the west. Medicine Man Gallery's upcoming show and exhibit of over thirty Dixon paintings will capture many of these remote western landscapes and their early twentieth century inhabitants.


About the Author

Mark Sublette is the owner of Medicine Man Gallery in Tucson, AZ and Santa Fe, NM


Resource Library editor's note:

Editor's note: The above text is excerpted from pages 32-36 of Canyon Road Arts, Volume 1, 2005, published by Medicine Man Gallery, Inc. The text was reprinted, without illustrations, in Resource Library on November 7, 2005 with the permission of Dr. Mark Sublette. If you have questions or comments regarding the text, or wish to obtain a copy of Canyon Road Arts, please contact Medicine Man Gallery directly through either this phone number or web address:

(right: front cover of Canyon Road Arts, Volume 1, 2005, published by Medicine Man Gallery, Inc.)


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Maynard Dixon (1875-1946) is, as of March 2007, in production in Los Angeles by Cloud World Films, LLC. Jayne McKay: (Writer, Producer, Director), Donald J. Hagerty: (Co-writer, Consultant), Ezra D. Rappaport: (Screenwriter), Daniel Dixon: (Narrator), Elen Orson (Editor) and C.J. Loock: (Co-Producer) are collaborators in the venture.
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