Bird as totem
6 March - 17 March
6-17 March 2018
Tuesday – Friday 11am to 5pm,
Saturday 12pm to 4pm
…a metaphor to comment on issues affecting our lives, war, the environment and the higher being.
An exhibition of sculpture, drawings and prints.
Humanity for all our technological advances is still a society based on tribalism.
For 30 years, Mike Nicholls has based his art practice on this concept, drawing reference from the indigenous culture and art of the oceanic region.
In this exhibition, Nicholls has created his own personal iconography based on the totem of the bird, as a metaphor to comment on issues affecting our lives, war, the environment and the higher being.
Born in 1960 Mike Nicholls grew up on a dairy farm at Narre Warren North on the out skirts of Melbourne, where he still has a studio-gallery and maintains the family property.
He majored in sculpture at the Caulfield Institute of Technology receiving a high distinction in his final year for his fabricated steel sculptures.
From the formal training in abstraction, where he concentrated on line, balance, movement and gesture, Mike migrated to Fitzroy in the early eighties becoming a founding member of Roar Studios, his work influenced by the fellow artist’s of Roar, made a shift to expressionistic figuration.
By the mid 1980’s the artists eye sought to simplify his previously visually busy works, Nicholls has slowly cultivated his quietly methodical practice; paring it back and reducing it to an elemental visual diary.
Mike has sought to incorporate an Australianness within his art; much of his reference has been visually and culturally sourced through travelling on plien air painting trips for months at a time, spending time on relatives cattle stations in central Queensland and visiting remote areas within Australia. Mike has held woodcarving workshops in remote aboriginal communities of Cape York and the Torres Strait, ass well as extensive over seas travel.
He has developed a deeply personal vocabulary of motifs, striving to create a sense of feeling and or place, focusing on his ultimate goal of imbuing his work with expression, soul and a reflection of the human spirit.