Nigel Sense Finalist in the 2017 Kilgour Prize – Friday, 4 August 2017
Nigel Sense, Christopher Minko with self portrait 2, 2017, Mixed media on canvas, 152 cm by 122 cm
Congratulations to Nigel Sense—Christopher Minko with self portrait 2 (2017) has been selected as a finalist in the 2017 Kilgour Prize. The Kilgour Prize is an annual art prize for figurative and portrait painting administered by Newcastle Art Gallery. In 1987 artist Jack Noel Kilgour bequeathed funds for the creation of a major art competition and the inaugural Kilgour Prize was held in 2006.
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 Black Swan Prize for Portraiture (Finalist, 2017) and the Mosman Art Prize (Finalist, 2017).