Garry Nichols: Tasmanian Devil
presented by Casimir Effect
Tasmanian Devil is an exhibition of new work by Garry Nichols focusing on his large collage drawings derived from observed nature, combined with extensive notebook studies, personal history that covers his life in Tasmania and New York, and miniature size painted drawings that explore his personal narrative, water divining (which he practices) and a wide range of literary subjects he’s been engaged in over the years.
“I seek to envelop and transport the viewers on a spectacular journey, one that evokes a multiplicity of readings. Desiring to suggest the mystery of nature, I depict its wildness and its underlying structure and remind us of human history, what we have done to others and have brought upon ourselves.” – Garry Nichols
About the Artist
Garry Nichols was born in Tasmania, Australia. He first studied fine art full time at the National Art School in Sydney and at East Sydney Tech (evenings). He received a Marten Bequest 2 year Traveling Art Prize (in Australia, 1978) deciding to travel in Europe and study the great artists in museums. He received an offer of a scholarship to New York Studio School and arrived to be a full time student from September 1978 – 1985.
Nichols has since received numerous awards, including the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Grant for Painting (1999), the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Emergency Grant (1999), the New York Foundation for the Arts, Fellowship in Painting (1994). As a New York Studio School student, he was awarded a Skowhegan Scholarship in 1982, and was awarded Merit Scholarships twice at the Studio School in 1981 and 1982. The 1980 Peter Brown Scholarship from Australia was also awarded to him while at New York Studio School.
Since 1986, Nichols has had exhibitions in New York including at the Brooklyn Museum, Leo Castelli Gallery, White Columns, the Drawing Center, David Beitzel Gallery, Robert Steele Gallery, Rotunda Gallery, Artists Space, Marymount Manhattan College, Pierogi Gallery, BRIC House, Parallel Art Space and Sideshow Gallery. Exhibitions in Australia include Gallery A, National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Macquarie Galleries and Stella Downer Fine Art. His work is included in collections in New York, Japan and Australia, and he has delivered lectures on Robery Rauschenberg, Australian Art, and his own art in New York, Dartmouth, and Sydney, Australia.
Nichols has taught painting and drawing at the National Academy of Design School of Fine Arts, Chautauqua Institution-School of Art, at Parsons School of Design in New York, the National Art School in Sydney and the University of Tasmania, School of Fine Art. He resides and maintains a studio in Brooklyn, New York City and travels back to Tasmania, Australia on average every 5 years to work on drawings, ideas for paintings, exhibit, lecture and teach.
For more about Garry, visit him online at http://www.garrynichols.com/
About Casimir Effect
Casimir Effect is an artist-run collaborative project space/time/mattering. Their first show, You Are Not Alone, was a call for solidarity to re-imagine the world through what we make together, to create new ways to represent the world at a time when our old representations are no longer sustainable.
More about Casimir Effect here: https://casimireffect.org/