The work: Christian Nicolson, All you wanted to know but was too afraid to ask (middle panel of 3). Acrylic on board, 165 x 120 x 5cm. Framed black box frame.
In his work All you wanted to know but was too afraid to ask, Auckland-based artist Christian Nicolson reinterprets 1960s culture and iconography.
“I see the 1960s as a magical time of romance and discovery,” he says. “I tried to bring together as many different aspects of that era and have the elements play with each other on the canvas.”
This work, the middle panel of a triptych, combines painting, drawing and screen printing with loose humour and rich colouring to create a piece where Pop Art meets expressive landscape. Iconic symbols of the 1960s punctuate the canvas: Elvis, the Vietnam War, John F. Kennedy, a nod to Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans muddle in with space travel. The world Christian constructs is a tumultuous one, recreated in black, white and a vivid blood r