Rob Nicholls


As a child I was fond of haunting any site where things were visibly being worked on or deconstructed. The exploration of detritus generated by a collapsed building or the discovery of an abandoned location revealed an atmosphere that felt both ghostly and transformative.  The way that I navigate and explore the modern terrain provides an opportunity to engage once again with a child-like vision, activating a unique use of imagination. The landscape becomes a space of possibility where sites of wreckage and detritus can be rebuilt within the framework of imagination. Painting to me operates as a way of revisiting the experience of an environment for a second time through the process of making a picture. I am interested in the creation of spatial dualities in the decoding of an image; what could appear as an apocalyptic atmosphere shifts from a site of alienation into a hopeful place of mystery. Paint is applied thick to thin, and from slow to fast, dictating the rhythm of the oscillating environment.

Education
2008    B.F.A. Visual Art Emily Carr Institute, Vancouver BC
2006    Diploma Visual Art Langara College, Vancouver BC

Group Exhibitions
2008    Rogue Waves, Concourse Gallery, Emily Carr Institute,
           Vancouver BC
2008    stART exhibition, Studio 21, Halifax, Nova Scotia
2007    Future Ruins, Go-Go Gallery, Emily Carr institute, Vancouver BC
2007    Assemble Re-Assemble, Midtown Artist Run Gallery, Vancouver BC
2005    Architecture in Art-making, Langara College, Vancouver BC

Awards
2006    Langara College, award in printmaking, Vancouver
2005    Royal Canadian Legion Bursary, Vancouver
1995    Alice Shaw Award for Young Artists, Vancouver