• Angus Nivison work 'Beacon' a finalist in the 2022 Wynne Prize at Art Gallery of New South Wales
  • Angel Time: Angus Nivison and Sophie Masson - The New England Regional Art Museum (NERAM)
  • If you are interested in acquiring a work by Angus please contact Utopia Art Sydney
"Some artists are pitifully exposed by a survey or retrospective... Nivison, however, is a painter who seems to grow in stature when the work of two decades is brought together in one place."

John McDonald, Sydney Morning Herald
Angel time
Angel Time is a creative collaboration with painter Angus Nivison and writer Sophie Masson (www.sophiemasson.org) exploring suspended time, ambiguous space and the eerie in-between.

Using writer Sophie Masson’s The Ghost Squad as the initial inspiration, Angus Nivison has developed a series of paintings responding to the concepts of the afterlife and the elusive territory beyond the everyday.

Until August 28, 2022
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Above: 'Accending Descending', 2022, acrylic and gesso on polycotton
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Above: 'Rapture', 2022, acrylic and gesso on polycotton
2022 Wynne
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Above: 'Beacon', 2021, acrylic, gesso and carbon on polyester, 220.9 x 100cm
During the drought of 2019–20, my nephew Jock, who runs the property ‘Yalgoo’ in Walcha, NSW, was not only making decisions on which livestock to keep and feed, but also those he had to let go. Such decisions never come without consequences. This, coupled with long periods spent alone, feeding the stock and watching the topsoil blow away – along with hope – found him deep in melancholia. He told me the thing that got him through this desperate time (besides family and love) was this beaten-up, struggling tree, which was visible from all parts of the property. It became his beacon.

Angus Nivison, Walcha NSW
About Angus Nivison:

Angus Nivison is inspired by the natural surroundings of his property in the northern tablelands of NSW. Through his paintings he explores landscape, memory and the human condition.

Angus was born in the New England area at Walcha where he grew up. Walcha is cold, hard country. Nivison has lived on a working property in Walcha his whole life, knowing everyone around him, witnessing the cycles of life and death.

“The most recent Nivison works include trademark brooding blacks, darker groups of colours that reflect recent effects of climate change plus what he’s seen around him and what he’s felt from the wider, more challenged world.

“Amongst the blacks and greys, are splashes of bright open colour. His brushwork is sweeping, the hand is clear, the mark making expressive, and he is in control. These are paintings of what has been and the premonition of what may come.

“There are also tantalising pink paintings, where a sun shines with a beacon of hope, and a romantic vision only adds to the deep forces that now run through Nivison’s work.

“This Australia is not of gum trees but of an ancient landscape full of magic and secrets and dark power that only Angus Nivison can make us feel and see.

”Angus Nivison has been an important part of Australian art since the 70s and his impressive debut with Anne Lewis’ famously influential Galley A.

Angus Nivison won the Wynne Prize in 2002. His work is part of most major Australian museum and private collections; he’s been represented by leading contemporary galleries; Gallery A, Bloomfield, Coventry Gallery, BBA and Utopia Art Sydney: had 30 solo and 116 group shows; and is a multi-year finalist for both Wynne and Archibald prizes.

Click here for more information about "Angus Nivison - A Survey" curated by Sandra McMahon, Director of Tamworth Regional Gallery. This show opened at The Tamworth Regional Gallery 16 June, 2012 and concluded at the S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney in February 2013. Read reviews of the Survey Show and view catalogue.
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Above: Angus Nivison in his studio painting ‘Star Turn’, 2016, image courtesy of Utopia Art Sydney. Painting details: Angus Nivison, Star Turn, 2016, acrylic spray paint and pigment on poly/cotton, 188 x 504 cm.