The young artist who sparked controversy over his paintings of half-nude men last summer is off to one of the most prestigious art schools in the world.
Cory Dixon has been accepted into the New York Academy of Art, a traditional drawing, painting and sculpting academy known for its figurative work.
The school hosts guest artists like Odd Nerdrum and Eric Fischl, major names in the figurative art world, and has seen strong backing from actor and painter Sylvester Stallone, who once posed nude for the artists to paint and sculpt his famous muscles.
“These are the Michael Jordans of figurative painting,” explained Dixon, who stopped in the Okanagan before heading out this week.
Dixon said he put his application in to the painting portion of the program while completing his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Germany where he had planned a final semester abroad after studying at UBCO.
Not only was he accepted, but he also earned a significant scholarship enabling the move.
The goal of the next two years will be to win a residency in the school’s painting stream which would provide studio space in New York for a third year of work/study.
The painting from his collection which provoked the most controversy in Kelowna was a nude portrayal of his friend Chad Pratch lying on a couch. Pasted on a sandwich board, he was told he would have to remove the image from the sidewalk where it sat advertising the show by City of Kelowna bylaw officers.
Pratch is himself an artist and went on do build the final Dysfunctional Chairs exhibit for the Kelowna Art Gallery, currently on display in the gallery’s courtyard.