Nick Ferguson

Nick Ferguson is an artist based near Sydney, Australia. Since 2013 he has participated in multiple group exhibitions nationally and several successful solo exhibitions. He has been a finalist in over 20 Australian painting and drawing prizes, including the Paddington Art Prize, Kogarah Art Prize and Shirley Hannan National Portrait prize. In 2015 he was the winner of the Muswellbrook Art Prize (Painting section), and received a highly commended award in the Hurford Hardwood Portrait Prize, judged by Fiona Lowry. In 2016 he won the oil painting award at the Waverley Woolahra Art Prize.

In his art making, Nick aims to explore themes of intimacy, the human condition and our turbulent relationship with the natural environment. He also continues to paint portraits and complete commissions from life in his studio on the Central Coast. A medical doctor, his work to date explores concepts of nature and violence through observations of remote landscapes as well as studies of human vulnerability in an increasingly artificial world.

In regard to his winning portrait of the 2015 Muswellbrook Art Prize, judge Anne Ryan (Curator of Drawing and Prints at the Art Gallery of NSW) commented – “This is a painterly, highly charged portrait that offers psychological insight into its subject. The handling of paint and form is intuitive and explorative; the viewer gets a sense of the artist’s search for form and resolution as the painting is built up in layers of paint and colour. The subject’s downcast eyes and hands, poised in mid-air as if in the middle of some action, add a visual and psychological tension to the composition.

Art Atrium Exhibition Opening – Nick Ferguson – To the Edge of the Earth

Art Atrium artist Nick Ferguson Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award Finalist 2016

Art Atrium artist Nick Ferguson Winner of Oil Painting Award Waverley Woollahra Art Prize 2016