‘Johnny Cash MKII’ is a Giclée print by Brighton artist Simon Dixon. Printed onto 330gsm Somerset Velvet Paper, the print is available in 70 x 70cm and 30 x 30cm, in edition sizes of 50 and 175, and is embossed and numbered.
Simon Dixon was a Brighton-based artist and print maker, whose fine art pieces centred around icons of the twentieth century. Dixon’s love of pop culture and deep interest in twentieth century history combine in a truly distinctive aesthetic: referencing 1960s Pop Art, his paintings are a big, bold and colourful reworking of the traditional portrait.
‘Johnny Cash MKII’ depicts a pop-ified portrait of the eponymous country singer. Against a flat, turquoise-coloured background, Cash poses with his guitar, looking out towards the viewer with striking intensity. Over the image, Dixon has printed the words, ‘This Machine Kills Fascists’: the message that Woody Guthrie famously pinned to his guitar in 1941. An iconic work of art, Dixon has brilliantly merged cultural references, creating a modern-day print to rival Warhol’s Marilyn.