David Nicholson, Selfportrait Berlin, 2011
Öl auf Leinwand
rückseitig signiert, datiert und betitelt
115 x 160 cm
Foto: Jens Kunath
In his paintings, that have a style reminiscent of the Old Masters, David Nicholson captures the spirit of our time like no other. Following on from Caravaggio and Otto Dix, the autodidact, born in 1970 in Montreal and now living in New York and Berlin, has a special sense of feeling for his era.
With a combination of highly topical and classical requisites, his works captivate the viewer through the denseness and intensity of the frequently dark and high- contrast painting. Whether it is the surface of a skull or of a naked breast, the perfection of the material portrayed inevitably fascinates the viewer. Between art-historical, heavily-loaded vanitas symbols and tattoos, a world consisting of illusion and abyss, which often appears both appealing and repelling, is created both in his large-format paintings and also in the small, intimate portraits. The mirror that Nicholson holds up to society is sharp as a razor and often quite ambiguous. Even when the detail seems as small and extravagant,it is always ruthless. At the same time, Nicholson’s painting deals with nothing less than the human aspect of our time. For the first time in Germany, the Galerie Michael Haas will show works by David Nicholson from the last ten years. On the occasion of the exhibition, the first catalogue showing the artist’s oeuvre will be published.