1991/0525 Inside looking out 2

Inside looking out 2

Artist

Trevor NICKOLLS
Indigenous
Birth:
1949
 in
Adelaide, South Australia
Death:
2012
 in
Adelaide, South Australia

Artwork

Title
Inside looking out 2
Date
1988
Medium/Material
synthetic polymer paint on canvas
Dimensions
106 x 91.5cm (Height x Width x Depth)
Credit line
Purchased 1991
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Accession Number
1991/0525
Currently not on display

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Curatorial insightThis painting has a mysterious uneasy energy. The bold graphic lines of the face, or mask, register some sort of emotion that is hard to guess, penetrate and turn away from. Curator Michael O’Ferrall once observed about this painting, ‘Objectified and pared down to its basic elements, the head is undoubtedly one of Nickolls’s most dramatic statements on the alienation and emptiness that he [felt] in city life. The soul-lessness of the mask and the isolated figures at the bottom of the painting evokes the impression of a surreal stage set.’ (1990 Venice Biennale Australia).

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