food dye and paper on canvas, 2009, 70 x 70 cms,
Under thick, fluid layers of paint and varnish
Constantine Nicholas' paintings reveal documents,
Having participated in numerous exhibitions across
Australia and internationally, Nicholas says, "An ongoing theme
in my work is to use historical maps, letters,
journals and illustrations that I source on the internet to present a place in time that I can
respond to. I enjoy using fluid paint to obstruct, blot out and
Contrary to the
traditional idea of painting from a subject or an object, Nicholas seems to be more interested in how the paint and material
application works to define the painting.
"After applying countless layers of paint and varnish I create something more
out of my experience with paint than from something tangible or visible to refer
to or copy".
"On one level, clouds represent timeless bodies that watch
over us and see all, and on another, I'm interested in how technology refers to
"the cloud" being the virtual link to all knowledge -
that data can be accessed online and visible from anywhere".
Constantine Nicholas' work can be found in many noted
collections and institutions in Australia and overseas, including The Art
Gallery of Western Australia, Australian National University, The Kerry
Stokes Collection and BHP Billiton. His works have been selected for major
art awards and prizes including the Australia Council's - New York studio
residency. Major commissions include the millennium mural for
Kerry Stokes and Singapore's Suntec City Towers.
Cloud of Reign
Ink, water colour on
2009, 30 x 22 cms,