Biography

Although the style and colour palette of the paintings and drawings of the Canadian-born David Nicholson bear a resemblance to the works of the Old Masters, they are unquestionably modern. Traditional culture juxtaposed with modernity is the starting point for his work.

He has no educational background in the arts. He is a self-taught artist who acquired the techniques and aesthetics of the masters of the past, with Peter Paul Rubens, Egon Schiele, and Gustav Klimt as his role models. He finds inspiration in the works and the spirit of the past, which he endeavours to project onto the present. He is interested, among other things, in finding ways to transpose a single element from an old work into a modern painting. The pictorial world of the internet and depiction of women by his role models – Rubens, Klimt, and Schiele – are equally valuable sources of inspiration for his artistic process. This way, he comments on other pieces of art as well as on current topics such as the ideals of beauty, sexuality, and pornography.

Works

Exhibitions

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Documents

Publications

Solo exhibitions

2023

La Galerie des Illustres. One Night Show, Galerie Michael Haas, Berlin

2018

David Nicholson. The Half Has Never Been Told, Art Berlin, Galerie Michael Haas, Berlin

2015

David Nicholson & Otto Dix, Galerie Michael Haas, Berlin

2012

David Nicholson. Cures for Love, Galerie Michael Haas, Berlin

2003

4 paintings by David Nicholson, AEROPLASTICS Contemporary, Brussels

Group exhibitions

2018

PAINTING still ALIVE… On the way to modernity, Centre of Contemporary Art, Toruń/Poland

NGORO NGORO, Artist Weekend Berlin, Berlin

,Das Lied der Dinge. Stilleben im Wandel der Kunst’, Museum für Aktuelle Kunst – Sammlung Hurrle Durbach

2017

alles oder immer, Schau Fenster, Berlin

Meet Me In Heaven, Schloss Tüßling Projects, Tüssling

Small – Sexauer Gallery, Berlin

2016

FAITH & FATHOM, Galleria Poggiali e Forconi, Florence

All I want is you…and you… and you, AEROPLASTICS contemporary, Brussels

Sternstunde – 100 Zeichnungen, Galerie Michael Haas, Berlin

My Abstract World, me Collectors Room, Berlin

Daydreaming with Stanley Kubrick, Somerset House, London

Der feine Riss – Zeitgenössische Malerei auf dem historischen Feld, Haus am Lützowplatz, Berlin

Between Sunrise and Sunset, Schloss Tüssling, Tüssling

Forever, Bubox, Kortrijk

2015

Stillleben. gestern und heute, Galerie Michael Haas, Berlin

Gute Kunst? Wollen!, Auf AEG, Nürnberg

NGORO NGORO, Artist Weekend Berlin, Berlin

2009

Gala. 5 Sammler zeigen ihre Favoriten, Museum der bildenden Künste, Leipzig

Open, Zoya Museum, Bratislava, Slovakia

2007

Strange Brew, Gallery Max Lang, New York

2006

Blessed are the Merciful, curated by Jerome Jacobs, Feigen Contemporary, New York

2005

Playtime, AEROPLASTICS Contemporary, Brussels

Ratatouille, 20.21 Gallery, Essen

Boost in the Shell (The Pursued), De Bond, Bruges, Belgium

After Nature, AEROPLASTICS Contemporary, Brussels

2004

Pulse of America, AEROPLASTICS Contemporary, Brussels

Riva Gallery, New York

2003

Moving energies 1, The Olbricht collection at the Folkwang Museum

Sureal, Marella Arte Contemporanea, Milan

Without Fear and Reproach, Witte Zaal, Gent

Female Turbulence, AEROPLASTICS Contemporary, Brussels

Prague Biennale of Contemporary Art, Prague

Luxurious, Clairefontaine Gallery, Luxemburg

Brooklyn Country Mouse/City Mouse, SPACE 101, New York

After Picasso/Matisse, PS1, New York

New York Labor Day, -project room, RARE Gallery, New York

2002

Painting as Paradox, curated by Lauri Firste, Artist Space, New York

Work, Folin Riva Gallery, New York

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