Nigel Sense Finalist in the 2017 Black Swan Prize – Monday, 18 September 2017
Nigel Sense, Christopher Minko with self portrait Thursday (2017), Mixed media on canvas, 152 x 122 cm
Congratulations to Nigel Sense—Christopher Minko with self portrait Thursday (2017) has been selected as a finalist in the 2017 Black Swan Prize for Portraiture. The Black Swan Prize is one of Australia’s richest portraiture prizes. Held in the heart of Perth, Western Australia, it proudly showcases and promotes Australia’s top artists.
Nigel Sense is an Australian artist based in Sydney who draws inspiration from the American abstract expressionists and pop artists of the 1960s to make work that is neo social expressionist. Sense paints energetically in acrylic on canvas with bold, direct marks, describing his process as primal and instinctive. His overlaid imagery mimics his state of mind at the end of the working day. Instead of trying to clear his thoughts from the day’s experiences, he paints them—conversations, emails, phone calls, what his colleagues discuss over morning tea—everything goes down on the canvas.
Sense has exhibited his work in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout Australia and in Sri Lanka. In 2009 Sense was exhibited as part of the inaugural Colombo Art Biennale, and invited again in 2012. His award winning first Sydney solo exhibition titled I Work With Tools was held at Sheffer Gallery in September 2012.
Nigel Sense is a graduate of the University of Wollongong. His work is frequently selected for major awards, most recently the Mosman Art Prize (Finalist, 2017) and the Kilgour Art Prize (Finalist, 2017).