Nigel Sense Finalist in the 2018 Mosman Art Prize – Thursday, 20 September 2018
Nigel Sense, The Last Supper (2017)
As stated on the Mosman Art Prize website, “Established in 1947, the Mosman Art Prize is Australia’s oldest and most prestigious local government art award. It was founded by the artist, architect and arts advocate, Alderman Allan Gamble, at a time when only a small handful of art prizes were in existence in Australia and the community had very little support and few opportunities to exhibit their work. As an acquisitive art award for painting, the winning artworks collected since 1947 form a splendid collection of modern and contemporary Australian art, reflecting all the developments in Australian art practice since 1947… The 2018 Mosman Art Prize will be judged by artist and former Mosman Art Prize winner Cressida Campbell.”
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 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.
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.
Nigel Sense is a graduate of the University of Wollongong. His work is frequently selected for major awards, most recently the Black Swan Art Prize (Finalist, 2017), Mosman Art Prize (Finalist, 2017) and the Kilgour Art Prize (Finalist, 2017).