*1970 Montreal, Canada – lives in New York and Berlin
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.
Exhibitions with David Nicholson
06.01.2023 David Nicholson One Night Exhibition
06.01.2023 DAVID NICHOLSON La Galerie des illustres - a One Night Show [...]
01.03. - 20.04.2019 WUNDERSAME WELTEN "The absurd, presented with taste, [...]
27. - 30. September 2018 DAVID NICHOLSON At art berlin [...]
Otto Dix & David Nicholson
Presentation: 27.11.2015, 8 - 10 pm OTTO DIX & DAVID NICHOLSON [...]
Stillleben. gestern und heute
27.11.2015 - 09.01.2016 STILL LIFES yesterday and today [...]
Solo exhibitions (selection)
2018 Art Berlin, Galerie Michael Haas, Berlin
2015, 2012 Galerie Michael Haas, Berlin
2003 AEROPLASTICS Contemporary, Brussels