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Christian Nicolson (ARCADE GALLERY)

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Christian Nicolson

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.

 

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SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITION

2019
  1. A Retrospective, Art by The Sea, Devonport, Auckland
  2. My 70’s Show, Art by The Sea, Devonport, Auckland
2018
  1. Places to Be, Art by The Sea, Devonport, Auckland
  2. Flower Power, Art by The Sea, Devonport, Auckland
2015
  1. Art by The Sea, Devonport, Auckland
  2. Places to be Naked, Matakana, Auckland
2014
  1. I Love Summer, Art by The Sea, Devonport, Auckland
2012
  1. A Low Budget Universe, Art by The Sea, Devonport, Auckland
  2. Little Bigger Surfer, Art by The Sea, Devonport, Auckland

SELECTED PUBLIC EXHIBITIONS

2015
  1. Public Exhibition: Sculpture on the Gulf, Waiheke, Auckland (2015, 2013, 2011, 2009)
2012
  1. Sculpture on the Shore, Narrowneck, Auckland (2012, 2010, 2008, 2006)
2009
  1. The Wallace Awards Salon des Refusés, ; Low Flying Cars Sculpture Symposium, Dairy Flat, Auckland
  2. Lake House Sculpture Syposium, Takapuna, Auckland (2009, 2007, 2005, 2003)
2008
  1. The Wallace Awards Traveling Exhibition, Aotea Centre Auckland and The New Dowse, Wellington
2007
  1. Ellerslie Flower Show, Auckland
2006
  1. Matakana Sculpture Symposium, Matakana, Auckland (2006, 2005)
  2. Art in the Woolshed, Tawharanui Regional Park, Warkworth

COLLECTIONS, COMMISSIONS, & AWARDS

Collections
  1. Wallace Arts Trust, Auckland
Commissions
  1. Art on the Beach, Piha, Installation commissioned by Lopdell House Gallery, Waitakere City, Auckland (2006)

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