"Seeing David Nicholsons oil paintings in reproduction is like reading the Cliff Notes version of Shakespeare -- the themes are lurid enough to be entertaining, but without the extraordinary language the bawdiness and blood can be mistaken for pulp. In the flesh, Nicholson's theatrically realist pictures evoke comparisons with the deft technique and sensational subject matter of Delacroix, Gros and Gericault.
His subjects include full-length, 19th-century-style portraits of his bohemian friends as well as scenes of wild animals. Another series of paintings, which are clearly allegorical, depicts the butchering of a sheep in Morocco. Several portraits depict Nicholsons' former wife posed as a glossy harlot or a neo-goth fallen angel.
The Montreal-born Nicholson, who has no formal artistic training (and in fact is an amateur middleweight boxer), has exhibited his work in "Painting as Paradox" at Artists Space in New York, "Supereal" at the Marella Gallery in Milan, "Beautiful/Grotesque"at Riva Gallery and is
represented exclusively by Aeroplastics Contemporary in Brussels."
CV - Bio
b. 1970, Montreal. Lives and works in Austin, Texas.
Michael Haas gallery, Zürich
4 paintings by David Nicholson, AEROPLASTICS Contemporary, Brussels
Haas & Fuchs gallery, Berlin
Max Lang gallery, New York
Rare Essence, Aeroplastics contemporary, Brussels
The Teardrop Explodes, Schwaz Art center, Austria
Blessed are the Merciful, curated by Jerome Jacobs, Feigen Contemporary, New York
Playtime, AEROPLASTICS Contemporary, Brussels
Ratatouille, 20.21 Gallery, Essen, Germany
Boost in the Shell (The Pursued), De Bond, Bruges, Belgium
After Nature, AEROPLASTICS Contemporary, Brussels
Pulse of America, AEROPLASTICS Contemporary, Brussels
Riva Gallery, New York
Moving energies 1, The Olbricht collection at the Folkwang Museum, Essen, Germany
Sureal, Marella Arte Contemporanea, Milan
Without Fear and Reproach, Witte Zaal, Ghent, Belgium
Female Turbulence, AEROPLASTICS Contemporary, Brussels
Prague Biennale of Contemporary Art
Luxurious, Clairefontaine Gallery, Luxemburg
Brooklyn Country Mouse /City Mouse, SPACE 101
After Picasso/ Matisse, PS1, New York
New York Labor Day,-project room, RARE Gallery
Painting as Paradox, Artist Space, New York, curated by Lauri Firstenberg
Work, Folin Riva gallery, New York
Markham Murray Gallery, New York
Ozone Gallery, New York