Andrew Nicholls on residency in Jingdezhen, China 2016 (detail). Photograph by Nathan Beard.
Hear from artist Andrew Nicholls for an insight into his artistic practice and his WA Now Hyperkulturemia exhibition.
Andrew Nicholls is an Australian/British artist, writer, and curator whose practice explores how power has been expressed through aesthetics, historically. He is especially concerned with periods of cultural transition during which Western civilisation's stoic aspirations were undone by base desires, fears or compulsions, and with 18th century Britain's fascination with, and paranoia of, other cultures and 'othered' identities.
Initially drawing-based, his practice now incorporates a range of other mediums, in particular ceramics and photography. He especially draws inspiration from heritage sites and museum collections, and has coordinated and participated in residencies at numerous iconic heritage locations across Western Australia, England, and Italy.
Nicholls has exhibited across Australia, Southeast Asia, Italy and the United Kingdom. He has been the recipient of two Creative Development Fellowships from the Western Australian Government, and undertaken commissions for organisations in Australia and the United States, including his $250,000 ceiling mural for the City of Perth Library. His work is represented in collections including Artbank, the Art Gallery of Western Australia, the City of Perth, and the Kedumba Collection of Australian Drawings.