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b. 1972, Australia

Jonny Niesche Biography

Combining paint and reflective materials that include glitter, mirrors, and translucent fabrics, Australian artist Jonny Niesche creates vibrantly coloured abstractions that straddle painting and sculpture. Niesche considers traditionally static art objects as ever-shifting events, engaging with form, light, and the process of perception to create works that appear to change depending on the viewer's position.

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Niesche received a Bachelor of Visual Arts (2007) and a Master of Fine Arts (2013) from the University of Sydney. In numerous interviews, including a conversation with Collectors Agenda, he has reflected on the impact of Austrian artist Heimo Zobernig, under whom he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna in 2012. Zobernig's teachings—to identify the defining principles of one's work—led Niesche to focus on the performative aspect of painting.

Jonny Niesche's artworks, whether displayed on the wall or suspended from the ceiling, often feature a geometric plane with a gradient of colours. Mutual Vibration (address the body whole) (2017), for example, is a two-sided painting-sculpture with a mirror on one side and a dye-sublimation print on voile on the other. The central orange-red fades into orange and then white, ending with salmon pink around the edges. Suspended from the ceiling, the work prompts the viewer to walk around it and contemplate the shifting colours and flaws in the surface.

Jonny Niesche's influences are wide-ranging, from the work of German artist Isa Genzken, the colour-field paintings of Barnett Newman and Mark Rothko, and the Minimalist artworks of Donald Judd and John McCracken, to the light and colours associated with Californian and Australian landscapes. The title of Too Many Heroes—the artist's 2013 solo exhibition at Firstdraft Gallery in Sydney—references his diverse inspirations. In Poikilos at Starkwhite, Auckland, in 2020, the artist presented wall-mounted paintings and rectilinear sculptures with bold or soft pastel colour palettes that evoke Minimalist works.

Niesche's work also often cites the bold colour and aesthetics of 1970s Glam Rock. Picture This—a solo exhibition at Melbourne's Station gallery in 2016—was inspired by Debbie Harry and named after a 1978 Blondie song of the same title. In 2018, the artist presented Virtual Vibration: a monumental light projection of neon colours on the facade of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney, that was accompanied by a score composed by Mark Pritchard.

Jonny Niesche Solo Exhibitions include:

Poikilos, Starkwhite, Auckland (2020); When I get very stressed, I make jam, Station Gallery 5, Melbourne (2020); Cosmos Cosmetics Vol II, Galerie Zeller van Almsick, Vienna (2020); BLUSH, Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney (2019); Moving Picture, Station, Melbourne (2018).

Jonny Niesche Group Exhibitions include:

Hand-picked masterpieces, Collectors Room Hamburg, Andrea von Goettz, Hamburg (2020); CUBED, The Hole, New York (2020); Shit that I like, Nicholas Projects, Melbourne (2019); New acquisitions from the collection, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney (2019); Auckland Art Fair (2018); Sydney Contemporary (2018).

Sherry Paik | Ocula | 2020

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Yamba Sky Tower by Jonny Niesche contemporary artwork sculpture
Jonny Niesche Yamba Sky Tower, 2024 Voile, MDF, gold acrylic mirror
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Neptunes pearls (Yamba) by Jonny Niesche contemporary artwork painting
Jonny Niesche Neptunes pearls (Yamba), 2023 Voile, powder coated aluminium, mirror polished brass
150 x 150 x 3.5 cm
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Celluloid Dreaming by Jonny Niesche contemporary artwork painting, sculpture, mixed media
Jonny Niesche Celluloid Dreaming, 2023 Mirror polished stainless steel and voile
69 x 69 x 1.5 inches
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Bottega Sunset Lightbloom by Jonny Niesche contemporary artwork sculpture
Jonny Niesche Bottega Sunset Lightbloom, 2022 Electroplated mirror polished stainless steel, acrylic, light fittings, transformer, remote control
110 x 85 x 9 cm
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Transmitter, receiver (Moonlight mile medium study in silver) by Jonny Niesche contemporary artwork sculpture
Jonny Niesche Transmitter, receiver (Moonlight mile medium study in silver), 2022 Voile, Acrylic Mirror, and Voile
101 x 101 x 9 cm
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Silver sfumato musk splice by Jonny Niesche contemporary artwork painting
Jonny Niesche Silver sfumato musk splice, 2023 Acrylic mirror, voile and MDF
82 x 230 x 9 cm
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Silver sfumato ocean haze splice by Jonny Niesche contemporary artwork painting
Jonny Niesche Silver sfumato ocean haze splice, 2023 Acrylic mirror, voile and MDF
82 x 230 x 9 cm
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Moonlight mile (Silver sfumato) by Jonny Niesche contemporary artwork painting
Jonny Niesche Moonlight mile (Silver sfumato), 2023 Brass, aluminium and voile
235 x 175 x 3.5 cm
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