Nigel Sense Finalist in the 2017 Mosman Art Prize – Friday, 15 September 2017
Nigel Sense, Rob’s story #5 Narara Music Festival 1984 (2017), Acrylic on canvas, 155 cm by 122 cm
Congratulations to Nigel Sense—Rob’s story #5 Narara Music Festival 1984 (2017) has been selected as a finalist in the 2017 Mosman Art Prize. The Mosman Art Prize is an annual, acquisitive award for painting sponsored by Mosman Municipal Council. Established in 1947, the Prize is one of the oldest and most prestigious, local government art awards in Australia.
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 Kilgour Art Prize (Finalist, 2017).