Paul Dixon scoops top award

An artist who is regarded as an ambassador of Namibia's wildlife, has won a prestigious international award.

15 September 2020 | Art and Entertainment

Martina von Wenzel; Fine Art Gallery; “We are so proud to celebrate the work of this outstanding, talented artist.”


South African-based wildlife artist Paul Dixon was selected as the winner of the Earth Wild Beauty category at the 2020 Wildlife Artist of the Year competition for his outstanding work “Etosha”.

The Wildlife Artist of the Year is often referred to as the “Oscars” of International Wildlife Art. It is an internationally renowned art competition and exhibition of the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation, which welcomes entries from hundreds of talented artists worldwide, in a celebration of outstanding wildlife art each year.

The owner of the Fine Art Gallery, Martina von Wenzel, congratulated Dixon on his achievement as several of his solo exhibitions have been hosted at the gallery.

“This is the most esteemed award for a wildlife artist! We are so proud to be able to celebrate the work of this outstanding, talented artist,” said Von Wentzel.

Due to the ongoing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, Dixon’s exhibition which was scheduled to take place this month at the Fine Art Gallery, has also been postponed.

Dixon is regarded as an ambassador of Namibia's wildlife and beauty. His work combines two of his passions: Visual art and the conservation and celebration of endangered species.

“I use my work wherever possible to raise awareness of animal welfare and conservation issues, as well as funds for the charities supporting them,” said the artist.

Dixon is a supporter of the Desert Lion Project, having donated a pastel painting, which was raffled in aid of the work of Dr Flip Stander.

He also supports the work of the Desert Lion-Human-Relation Project (DelHRA) and donated a painting that was auctioned in aid of the Cheetah Conservation Fund.

Another achievement of the Scottish-born artist who grew up in England, include having his work selected for inclusion in the 50th Anniversary SAA Exhibition in 2010/2011 held at the San Diego Natural History Museum in California, and the “Art and the Animal” tour.

His painting “Morning Drinks at Tsumcor, Etosha” also brought him an award and he was selected as the winner of the Over 60 Competition of The Art Magazine in 2019.