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John Nicholson

1970 Sydney, Australia

2 Works exhibited

Current location

Milan

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  • About the Artist
  • Curriculum Vitae

John Nicholson experiments with color and his colorful works have been described as a kind of 'architectural, optical art'. Working consistently with various plastics, binding polymers, and pigmented Perspex, Nicholson creates sculptures and two-dimensional wall installations in his signature psychedelic palette. Nicholson is interested in the formal properties of light and how light interacts with its environment. His sculptures are often made up of strips of colored plastic fused together to resemble geological core samples or the light spectrum frozen in a solid form.

EDUCATION

1992–1994 Bachelor of Fine Arts, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018 Personal Avatars, Sophie Gannon Gallery, Melbourne Drop Downs, Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane

2017 Merge, Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney
2016 Glow, Sophie Gannon Gallery, Melbourne
2015 Traffic, Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney
2014 Breaking House, Sophie Gannon Gallery, Melbourne
2013 Mix-ups & Overloads, Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney
2012 House for Two Artists (with Justin Trendall), Penrith Regional Gallery, Penrith, NSW

Doors, Walls, Floors and Ceilings, Sophie Gannon Gallery, Melbourne 2011 Beam, Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney

2010 Halftone, Sophie Gannon Gallery, Melbourne
Evolved High Speed Packet Access, Ryan Renshaw Gallery, Brisbane

2009 Connection is Solid, Sophie Gannon Gallery, Melbourne All That It Is, Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney

2007 Outside the Vacuum, Sophie Gannon Gallery, Melbourne Irregular Readings, Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney

2006 Anomalies in the Bandwidth, Sophie Gannon Gallery, Melbourne Strip Light, Harrison Galleries, Sydney

2005 Light Machines, Sherman Galleries, Two Cubed, Sydney 2004 Hypervoid, Brian Moore Gallery, Sydney

Luxcorp (with Dr Kathy Takayama), Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Canberra 2003 Arrival/Departure (with Lara Merrett), Bus Gallery, Melbourne
2002 Panorama, Scott Donovan Gallery, Sydney
2000 Losing Focus, Rubyayre Gallery, Sydney
1998 Airport, Level Gallery, Sydney

What’s Left, Particle Contemporary Art Space, Sydney 1997 Going Nowhere, Global Contemporary Art Gallery, Sydney

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018 The Rigg Design Prize, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne 2017 The Gaze of Narcissus, The Flat – Massimo Carasi, Milan, Italy

Sydney Contemporary, Sophie Gannon Gallery, Sydney

Little League, Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney
2016 Studio Wars (curated by Lara Merrett), Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane

MCA Art Bar (curated by Huseyin Sami), Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney 2015 Sarah Cottier Gallery, Spring 1883, Sydney

Summer Exhibition, Sophie Gannon Gallery, Melbourne
2014 Burster, Flipper, Wobbler, Dripper, Spinner, Stacker, Shaker, Maker, Christchurch Art Gallery,

Christchurch, New Zealand
20/200, Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney
Melbourne Art Fair, Sophie Gannon Gallery, Melbourne

2013 Group Show #26, Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney

SOPHIE GANNON GALLERY 2 Albert Street Richmond VIC 3121 Australia T +613 9421 0857 www.sophiegannongallery.com.au

2012 Ten Years of Things, UQ Art Museum, Brisbane
Shifting Geometries, Australian Embassy, Washington DC, USA

Inspiring Artists: Recipients of the Pat Corrigan Artists’ Grant, Maitland Regional Art Gallery,

Maitland, NSW
2011 O, Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney

Pat Corrigan: Collector, Maitland Regional Art Gallery, Maitland, NSW 2009 3D x 5, Bathurst Regional Gallery, Bathurst, NSW

2008 New, UQ Art Museum, Brisbane 2007 Lion, Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney

To Be Confirmed, QUT Art Museum, Brisbane
2006 Border, Goyang International Sculpture Survey, Seoul, South Korea

Hardware, University of Technology Gallery, Sydney Group exhibition, Sophie Gannon Gallery, Melbourne Neo Minimalism, John Buckley Gallery, Melbourne

2005 Polyformalism (curated by Matthys Gerber and Giles Ryder), Dank Street Complex, Sydney Group show (curated by Matthys Gerber and Giles Ryder), Broadway Café, Sydney
Black Epiphanies (curated by William Wright, AM), Virginia Wilson Art, Sydney Re/Thinking, Bus Gallery, Melbourne

Matter of Fact(s) (curated by James Steele), MOP, Sydney

Nature by Proxy (curated by John Nicholson) Brian Moore Gallery, Sydney 2004 Sculpture 2004, Brian Moore Gallery, Sydney

2003 Future Projections, National Museum of Australia, Canberra
2002 Giant Molecules and Carbon Copies, Penthouse and Pavement Gallery, Melbourne

Amphitheatre, First Draft Gallery, Sydney
2001 Group Show, The Asia-Australia Arts Centre, Sydney

Motel, Rubyayre Gallery, Sydney

Orange, Global Contemporary Art Gallery, Sydney 2000 One Last Show, Herringbone Gallery, Sydney

Sculpture 2000, Access Contemporary Art Gallery, Sydney Blue, Global Contemporary Art Gallery, Sydney
Make it up, Pioneer Studio, Sydney

1999 Implant, Level Gallery, Sydney Creation, Astro Gallery, Sydney

Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi Coastal Walk, Sydney 1998 Twelve Red, Global Contemporary Art Gallery, Sydney

Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi Coastal Walk, Sydney 1997 Diptych, Level Gallery, Sydney

1995 The 20th Century Body, Polymorph Gallery, Sydney 1994 Graduate Show, College of Fine Arts, Sydney

 

AWARDS AND RESIDENCIES

2018 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize (finalist)
Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award (finalist)

2017 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize (finalist) 2015 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize (finalist) 2010 Australia Council New Work Grant
2008 Australia Council New Work Grant

McClelland Contemporary Sculpture Survey and Award (finalist) ABN AMRO Emerging Artist Award (finalist)
The Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award (finalist)

2007 OMI International Art Center Residency, New York, USA
2006 ABN AMRO Emerging Artist Award (finalist)
2005 McClelland Contemporary Sculpture Survey and Award (finalist)

ABN AMRO Emerging Artist Award (finalist)
2004 The Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship (finalist)

Artist Residency, Bundanon Trust Artist Centre
2003 Australia Council Research and Development Grant (NMAB)

The Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship (finalist) Pat Corrigan Artists’ Grant

The NSW Artists’ Marketing Grant
U Committee Grant, University of New South Wales

SOPHIE GANNON GALLERY 2 Albert Street Richmond VIC 3121 Australia T +613 9421 0857 www.sophiegannongallery.com.au

2002 The Pat Corrigan Artist’s Grant The NSW Artists’ Marketing Grant

The Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award (finalist) 2001 Australia Council New Work Grant (VACB)

 

SELECTED COMMISSIONS
2018 W Hotel, Brisbane

2012 Brisbane Airport Village, Brisbane Airport Commission, Brisbane SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Andrew Stephens, ‘Captain of Industry’, Art Guide Australia, September/October 2018
James Frostick, ‘Get the first glimpse of W Brisbane’s five-star Australian arrival’, The Weekend Edition, 7 June 2018 Jane Albert and Susie Burge, ‘Art Throbs’, Harper’s Bazaar, May 2011, p. 165
Victoria Hymes, ‘Making light of solid colour’, Australian Art Review, no. 22, 2010, pp. 50–51
Brad Hammond, 3D x 5, catalogue, Bathurst Regional Gallery, 2009
Andrew Frost, ‘50 Most Collectable Artists 2008’, Australian Art Collector, no. 43, 2008, p.169
Suzanna Clarke, ‘Solo Bright Spark’, The Courier Mail, 19 May 2007, p. 14
Gaynor Flynn, ‘Follow the Light’, Oyster, no. 71, 2007 pp. 28–29
Kerrie Davies, ‘Young at Art’, The Australian, Wish Magazine, March 2007, pp. 45–50
Ashley Crawford, ‘50 Most Collectable Artists 2007’, Australian Art Collector, no. 39, 2007, pp. 130–135
Nigel Bartlett, ‘Rainbow Warrior’, Belle, October/November 2006, pp. 87–88
Nigel Bartlett, ‘On The Verge’, Sunday Magazine, 3 September 2006, p.14
Jane Llewellyn, ‘Australia’s Most Collectable Artists 2006’, Australian Art Collector, no. 35, 2006, p. 85
Jo Roberts, ‘‘Gut reaction’ all important in $100,000 decision’, The Age, 12 November 2005, p. 15
Robert Lindsay, ‘Patterns of Intelligent Thought’, McClelland Contemporary Sculpture Survey (catalogue), October 2005, pp. 6–7
Sebastian Smee, ‘McClelland Sculpture Survey’, Weekend Australian, 17–18 December 2006, pp. 18–19
Tracey Clement, ‘Critic’s Picks’, Sydney Morning Herald, 8 July 2005, p. 23
Dominique Angeloro, ‘Critic’s Picks’, Sydney Morning Herald, 8 July 2005, p. 23
Lenny Ann Low, Sydney Morning Herald, Spectrum, 9 April 2005, p. 29
Tracey Clement, ‘Exhibitions’, Sydney Morning Herald, 1 April 2005
Caroline Mansfield, ‘White Heat’, QANTAS Magazine, November 2005, p. 158
Tristian Koenig, John Nicholson: Hypervoid (catalogue), Brian Moore Gallery, November 2004
Michael Ashcroft, ‘10^17 Kelvin - pretty hot!! Metis: time 04’, Art Monthly, July 2004, pp. 21–23
Anna Sellah, ‘Bugs make furniture glow in the dark’, ABC Online, 20 May 2004
Denise Knight, ‘Beautiful Bacteria: The Art of Science Fiction’, Uniken, June 2004, p. 11
Carina Dennis, ‘Living with Luminescence’, Nature, vol. 429, 10 June 2004, p. 607
John Stockdil, ‘The Symbiotic Bacterial Light Project’, Artlook Magazine, June 2004
Linda Cooper, ‘In conversation with John Nicholson’, Filter, issue 56, pp. 24–25
Tristian Karl-Koenig, ‘Luxcorp: A means of culturally flattering delivery’, Metis Catalogue, 2004, pp. 20–25
Lenny Ann Low, ‘Review’, Sydney Morning Herald, 18 May 2002
Roger Taylor, ‘Tales Told, Secrets Revealed’, World Sculpture News, Spring 2002, pp. 33–39
Peter Harris, ‘Review’, World Sculpture News, Winter 2000, pp. 68-71
Bronwyn Watson, ‘Sculptors embrace a touchy feely new century’, Sydney Morning Herald, 8 January 2000, p. 14 Sebastian Smee, ‘Space Shuttle’, Sydney Morning Herald, 6 May 1999

 

COLLECTIONS

Artbank, Sydney
Bond University, Gold Coast
Brisbane Airport Corporation, Brisbane Christchurch Art Gallery, Christchurch, New Zealand Deutsche Bank, Sydney
Goyang City, Seoul, South Korea
Gold Coast City Gallery, Gold Coast, QLD
Mirvac Corporation, Sydney
OMI Arts Center, New York, USA
Penrith Regional Gallery, Penrith, NSW
UQ Art Museum, Brisbane
Zing Communications, Sydney
Private collections in Australia and the USA

Works by John Nicholson

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2017

94 x 68 cm

6800,00 €

2018

35 x 52 x 20 cm

2500,00 €

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