Christian Nicholson engages with his creative practice with light-hearted humour. He likes to make work that is easy for people to “get.” Nicholsons work is populated with references from pop culture and experiences drawn from his daily life. He says of his creative practice “I like to be creative in as many ways as possible… I make sculptures. I do large installations in the landscape. I use photography, paint, screen printing, have a rock band, I make videos and film. ..I know not everybody gets all of it, but as long as they understand some of it then I am on the right track.”
Nicholson began his career in graphic design, working in both New Zealand and London, but found his calling with a turn to art making which has offered great results receiving recognition by the Wallace Art Awards seven times, as well as being a Fulbright Awards Finalist twice. Christian has also featured in three of Denis Robinsons art publications including NZs Favourite Artists, Volume 2.
Nicholson’s work is defined by his loose gestural style as well as his willingness to play with scale. Nicholson often makes sculptural works that are full size, be they people or elephants! Whatever the scale Nicholsons work is a testament to his skill in capturing the essence of his topic and his pervasive sense of humour.