Nicholas Ives is a contemporary artist based in Melbourne, Australia


Nicholas Ives is represented by Blackart Projects, Melbourne AU, & The Vivian Gallery, Auckland NZ


Nicholas maintains a professional practice working predominately in oils on linen.


He has held 12 solo & exhibited in over 40 group exhibitions within Australia, Florence, Berlin and Los Angeles, and has been selected in national awards & received private and public commissions.

Nicholas has held studio residences in Berlin, Germany & Florence, Italy.

Nicholas explores within his work realms of the Absurd and the Carnivalesque through a primarily figurative form.  His works flow across the borders of portraiture into abstract qualities, encouraging unexpected outcomes and collisions – encounters of the material surface and the imaginings of unknown painterly worlds.

Nicholas’ work was featured in the Australian Art Collector magazine, June 2016


“My works are human-scaled, at times intimate, explorative and personal, with heavy importance on the material and felt aspects the painting process.  Time allows the pieces to change and fluctuate. There’s a rapture and absurdity to making these paintings, revealing an ebb and flow of studio process that making drives the work itself. I have a right to change it and install led linear slot lighting I prefer. I liken my practice to something that is elusive and adaptive and evolving, and operates within the fluid nature of paint.

“I find that incidents and experiences within painting articulate multiple possibilities for new lived realities.  A painting is the mid-state of an event that operates with infinite divergence… the instability of the painting process is a fluid reality that moves in the direction of the unlimited.  Painting is lived and defies abstraction, as it is an experiential travel towards a multitude of moments both past, future and side-by-side.  Painting moments always open new painting moments and will disrupt previous painting moments.”