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Don Dixon

Don Dixon

Long Beach, CA

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Don Dixon is a Fellow and founding member of the International Association of Astronomical Artists (IAAA). Honored by NASA and the New York Society of Illustrators, his artwork has been featured on the covers of Scientific American, Astronomy, Sky and Telescope, Bild der Wissenschaft, and dozens of books, ranging from physics compendiums to science fiction novels.His painting Red Mars, cover art for the first book in Kim Stanley Robinson's award winning trilogy, rode the Phoenix spacecraft to a successful landing in the arctic region of the Red Planet in 2008 as part of the Planetary Society's digital 'Martian Library.' Since 1991 he has served as Art Director at Griffith Observatory, atop Mount Hollywood, where he directed and co-authored the acclaimed full-dome animated film Centered in the Universe. He has been Artist Guest of Honor at several science fiction conventions and has exhibited in Oslo, Berlin, and New York.

Don Dixon began his artistic career in the 1970's, creating animation to illustrate NASA's early missions to the planets. He has been a guest of NASA at several space exploration "firsts", such as the Viking 1 landing on Mars and the Pioneer 11 flyby of Saturn, for which he designed the mission logo. Like all in the field, Dixon was influenced by the work of Chesley Bonestell, who believed that scientific accuracy was essential in the astronomical art genre. He stays abreast of developments in physics and astronomy by consulting with prominent scientists as he illustrates their latest discoveries for popular publications.

Most of Dixon's early work was created in oil or acrylic paints. Since the late 1990's, his scientific illustrations have been created digitally on a Mac computer. Private commissions and murals are executed with oil paints on canvas or Masonite panel.

Van Gogh, Vermeer, Albert Bierstadt, and Edmund Dulac are among his favorite artists. He enjoys classical music, telephoto nature photography, reading history and the occasional thriller novel, and following developments in science and technology. He is a citizen of the United States and Italy.

You can seen more of Don's art at cosmographica.com

 
 

Fire Sanctuary

 
 

Early Earth -Detail

 
 

Exploring Mars Nanedi Valles

 
 

Saturn from Iapetus

 
 

Rhiannon

 
 

Foundation Trilogy

 
 

Lord of the Rings

 
 

Cosmic Evolution

 
 

Monte Carlo Meteor

 
 

Autumn Glade

 
 

Cosmic Inflation

 
 

Red Giant Sun

 
 

The Cat's Eye Nebula

 
 

Lonely Universe

 
 

Cosmic Dark Ages

 
 

Beneath Saturn's Rings

 
 

Saturn Glory

 
 

Quantum Cosmos

 
 

Cosmic Brane

 
 

Ice World

 
 

Huygens Probe Lands on Titan

 
 

Across the Sea of Suns

 
 

Early Earth