Nigel Sense is an Australian artist currently without a fixed address after making the decision to sell his home in Sydney to travel the world and devote himself to his art practice full-time.
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 draws inspiration from the American abstract expressionists and pop artists of the 1960s, and like the pop artists of the 1960’s, he has turned mass reproduction and the influence of the mass media into subject matter. His works could loosely be described as neo-expressionist and social expressionist.
Employing various pop art techniques and the tactic of painting the things he knows, Sense considers his role as an artist and his work reflects an inclusive suburban upbringing and experience. Sense’s paintings are immediate and striking, engaging the viewer in an intimate way with his everyday world. Communicating through fun and humour, his paint-ings seek understanding and empathy.
Describing his process as primal and instinctive, Sense paints energetically on canvas. 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. His works appear unplanned because he works quickly, however his ideas have been formulated over time and these he lays down on canvas with bold direct marks.
Nigel Sense is a graduate of the University of Wollongong. His work is frequently selected for major awards; most recently: Salon De Refuses (Finalist, 2019), Mosman Art Prize (Finalist, 2018), Black Swan Art Prize (Finalist, 2017), Mosman Art Prize (Finalist, 2017) and the Kilgour Art Prize (Finalist, 2017).
2005—2006 Bachelor of Creative Arts, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, NSW
2000-2002 Diploma Graphic Design and Printing, Ultimo TAFE, Sydney
1992-1994 Associate Diploma Fine Art, West Wollongong Technical College, Wollongong, NSW
2018 Finalist, Salon des Refuses
2018 Finalist, Mosman Art Prize
2017 Finalist, Black Swan Art Prize, Western Australia Art Gallery, Perth
2017 Finalist, Mosman Art Prize, Mosman Regional Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2017 Finalist, Kilgour Prize, Newcastle Regional Gallery, Newcastle, NSW
2017 Finalist, Fisher Ghost Art Prize, Campbelltown Art Centre, Sydney
2015 Finalist, Hurford Hardwood Portrait Prize, Lismore Regional Gallery, Lismore, NSW
2013 Finalist, Fisher Ghost Art Prize, Campbelltown Art Centre, Sydney
2011 Finalist, Australian Stencil Art Prize, Outpost Cockatoo Island, Sydney
SELECTED RECENT EXHIBITIONS
Workers & Wankers, Fox Galleries, Melbourne
Summer Show, Wagner Contemporary, Sydney, NSW
Black Swan Art Prize, Western Australia Art Gallery, Perth
Mosman Art Prize, Mosman Regional Gallery, Sydney, NSW
Kilgour Prize, Newcastle Regional Gallery, Newcastle, NSW
Fisher Ghost Art Prize, Campbelltown Art Centre, Sydney
Sense & Chavez, Fox Galleries, Melbourne
Untitled, Traffic Jam Gallery, Sydney
Art Is Lettuce (solo), Finders Street Gallery, Sydney
Hi how are you? (solo), Penny Contemporary, Hobart
Nigel Sense, Blokes and Sheilas, Harvison Gallery, Perth, WA