Approved: 08.03.2018

Nicholas Vaughan

Artist, Maker, Technician, Writer

Approved: 08.03.2018

I am a visual artist with a varied practice from sculpture to drawing & installations, often developing fictional texts to illustrate my artwork. 

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Biography

I am a visual artist with a varied practice from sculpture to drawing & installations, often developing fictional texts to illustrate my artwork. 

My art practice is an exploration of social issues. I am particularly interested in communities, how they are represented and what that says of the culture they are part of.  

With Grassy slag heaps, the Wakefield project I am currently working on, I will be looking from inside-out, using the mining community’s accounts for the exploration of their representations.  

My previous project, Nerve War explored the themes of migration and cultural heritage, whilst a previous work Matchbox Brothers also focused on migration, personal memory, subversive systems, and the power of change. 

An integral part of my practice is the production of sculpture. The process of experimentation and sourcing materials that have relevance to the concept of my proposal as well as researching those that could be used in conjunction is particularly relevant. Consideration is also given to materials’ chemical make-up and methods needed to manipulate them, to achieve an intended outcome as well as any chance effect that may give rise to further aesthetic possibilities. 

I make use of installation. The use of found or constructed objects that can be inserted into a space to give meaning or provide an extra level of reading. A handmade object that can lend relevance to the piece through adding narrative.  

Drawing is central to all my projects. Through a process of collage making I can play with concepts, narrative and other visual information.  

Fictional texts quite often complement my visual narratives, the words being used to illustrate the images. 

CV & Education

EDUCATION

2001 degree in Sculpture from Wolverhampton University

2002 MA in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art and Design

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS AND PROJECTS:

(Solo Shows)

2017 Czytelnia Sztuki at Gliwice Museum – Solo show and residency ‘Nerve War’

2016 The Exchange, London – Book Launch ‘Matchbox Brothers’

2013 The POSK Gallery, London – Solo show ‘Plight of the Citizens’

2006 The Maeldune Centre, Maldon – Solo Show

 

(Group Shows)

2016 Lite Haus Gallery, Berlin – Group Show ‘Artist Toys’

2016 Brixton East Gallery, London – Group Show ‘Bad Behaviour’

2016 Fusion Lifestyle, London – Group Show ‘Camberwell Open’

2016 The Exchange, London – Group Show of Artists Books

2015 W3 Gallery, London – Group Show ‘Story so Far’

2015 Lubomirov/Easton Gallery, London – Group Show ‘Open Call Limited Editions’

2014 No Format Gallery, London – Group show ‘Out of the Box’

2014 Bath Arts Fringe, Bath – Group show ‘Tall Tales’

2014 Hundred Years Gallery, London – Two man show ‘Shifting Perceptions’

2013 The Pencil Museum, Keswick – Group show

2013 Mall Galleries, London – Group show ‘Derwent Drawing Prize’

2013 Candid Galleries, London – Group show

2012 Made in Greenwich Gallery, London – Group show

2006 Corner House Gallery, Manchester – Group show

2006 A radio performance at Imperial College, London

2005 Online show for basementartproject.com

2005 Group show, London – ‘EyeforArt’

2004 The Octopus Gallery, Athens – Group Show ‘Shelved’

2004 Group Show, Manchester – ‘Showhome’

2003 The McBeth, London – Group Show

2002 Group Show, London – ‘Loosely Drawn’

2001 Group Show, Wolverhampton – ‘Inreality’

2001 Merry-Hill Centre, Dudley – Group Show

2000 Mander Shopping Centre, Wolverhampton – Group Show

 

AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS:

2014 Shortlisted for Clapham Art Prize

2013 Shortlisted for Derwent Drawing Prize

2006 Shortlisted for John Moore Painting Exhibition

2001 Arts and Humanities Research Board funding for MA studies

 

COMMISSIONS AND WORK IN COLLECTIONS:

Commissioned by Long Division to create a work for their latest project: A new manifesto for Wakefield.

Private commission for Jonathon Stollar of an abstract relief piece.

Drawing from Nerve War in collection of Czytelnia Sztuki at Gliwice Museum.