Nicole Nelius is a Sydney-based painter exploring colour and playful compositions based on her own still life photographs of uniquely balanced objects.
Nicole eschews trickery to align her items. Rather she uses the objects’ natural qualities to create arrangements and harmony in new forms in a Totem-esque fashion, and in the pursuit of a feeling of universality and authentic equilibrium. What starts with a meditative playfulness and curiosity in her photographs is then progressed in an instinctive exploration of colour and unique interactions of colour. She occasionally builds on this foundation by adding an object from her imagination or painting from a composite of multiple photographs.
Being in lockdown, for this series I’ve let my imagination run a little wild. My mind traveled to Italy even if I couldn’t. I built on the foundations of my regular practice with the playful addition of some fanciful objects inspired by daydreams and escaping to another world.
GROUP SHOW: Summer Salon 2021