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Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible Ocula Report Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible 17 Apr 2019 : Federica Bueti for Ocula

I first visited Havana in November 2016, a few days after Fidel Castro died, and just under a year before Hurricane Irma hit Cuba in September 2017. Since then, much has changed, including the hand-painted signs that punctuate the journey from the airport to the city centre, which today do not celebrate the revolution so much as the 'Unidad y...

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Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui Ocula Conversation Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui

The exhibition Beyond Boundaries at Somerset House in London (12 March–2 April 2019) marked the historic contributions of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (CAFA) and the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, on the occasion of their 100th and 150th anniversaries, respectively. Spread across several rooms of Somerset House's...

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The National 2019: New Australian Art Ocula Report The National 2019: New Australian Art 13 Apr 2019 : Elyse Goldfinch for Ocula

The National 2019: New Australian Art features work by 70 contemporary Australia-based artists split across three venues: the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) (29 March–21 July 2019), as curated by Isobel Parker Philip, curator of photographs at AGNSW; Daniel Mudie Cunningham,...

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Nike Savvas

b. 1964, Australia

Nike Savvas' immersive installations recall the optical effects of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism, yet the experiential reality of these are always joyous. Working across installation, sculpture, kinetic and light-based media, the Savvas creates works that are never static but constantly redirect the gaze, challenging spatial perceptions and demanding an active participation from her viewers. Trained as a painter, her intricate works draw comparison with optical artist Bridget Riley, whilst transforming the scientific and mundane into formulae for creating works. Music is often transposed into colours, and her palette often derives from the Australian landscape.

Born in Sydney, Savvas gained her MFA Hons from the College of Fine Arts, Sydney, and was the recipient of the Anne and Gordon Samstag Scholarship from Goldsmiths College, London. Her work is well represented in public collections throughout the world, including art museums in San Francisco, Sydney and Auckland. 

Featured Artworks

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Living on a Promise (A6) by Nike Savvas contemporary artwork Nike SavvasLiving on a Promise (A6), 2017 Carbon fibre, acrylic paint, aluminium
52 x 40.5 x 40.5 cm
ARC ONE Gallery
Living on a Promise (A5) by Nike Savvas contemporary artwork Nike SavvasLiving on a Promise (A5), 2017 Carbon fibre, acrylic paint, aluminium
52 x 40.5 x 40.5 cm
ARC ONE Gallery
Living on a Promise (A4) by Nike Savvas contemporary artwork Nike SavvasLiving on a Promise (A4), 2017 Carbon fibre, acrylic paint, aluminium
52 x 40.5 x 40.5 cm
ARC ONE Gallery
Living on a Promise (A3) by Nike Savvas contemporary artwork Nike SavvasLiving on a Promise (A3), 2017 Carbon fibre, acrylic paint, aluminium
52 x 40.5 x 40.5 cm
ARC ONE Gallery
Living on a Promise (A2) by Nike Savvas contemporary artwork Nike SavvasLiving on a Promise (A2), 2017 Carbon fibre, acrylic paint, aluminium
53 x 41.5 x 41.5 cm
ARC ONE Gallery
Living on a Promise (A1) by Nike Savvas contemporary artwork Nike SavvasLiving on a Promise (A1), 2017 Carbon fibre, acrylic paint, aluminium
52 x 40.5 x 40.5 cm
ARC ONE Gallery
Atomic #1 by Nike Savvas contemporary artwork Nike SavvasAtomic #1, 2005 C-Type Photograph
124 x 156 cm
ARC ONE Gallery
Truncated Icosahedron (small) by Nike Savvas contemporary artwork Nike SavvasTruncated Icosahedron (small), 2014 wood, wool and steel
90 x 90 x 90 cm
ARC ONE Gallery

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Nike Savvas, Living on a Promise at ARC ONE Gallery, Melbourne
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24 October–25 November 2017 Nike Savvas Living on a Promise ARC ONE Gallery, Melbourne
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, The Circle Divine at ARC ONE Gallery, Melbourne
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20 September–21 October 2017 Group Exhibition The Circle Divine ARC ONE Gallery, Melbourne
Contemporary art exhibition, Nike Savvas, Sparks at ARC ONE Gallery, Melbourne
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5 March–5 April 2014 Nike Savvas Sparks ARC ONE Gallery, Melbourne

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Sydney Exhibitions to See: The Lowdown Ocula Report Sydney Exhibitions to See: The Lowdown 7 Sep 2018 : Elyse Goldfinch for Ocula

Sydney Contemporary returns to Carriageworks for its fourth edition between 13 and 16 September 2018 with 87 local and international galleries and a full programme of performances, talks, large-scale curated installations and tours. Beyond the fair, Sydney is abundant with standout shows that challenge perceptions around identity, the body, and...

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In Related Press

Sydney Contemporary: Barry Keldoulis' expert guide to buying art Related Press Sydney Contemporary: Barry Keldoulis' expert guide to buying art The Upsider : 25 August 2017

Barry Keldoulis is a rare breed of gallerist slash collector. With more than three decades experience in contemporary art, he has remained true to his mission of closing the gap between artist-run initiatives and larger commercial galleries that often dominate international criticism.

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'Superposition of three types' Related Press 'Superposition of three types' Art Almanac : 10 February 2017

Images converge then shift, contract and explode in a field of colour. Curated by Alexie Glass-Kantor and Talia Linz, Superposition of three types highlights the continuing effectiveness of colour and form in contemporary Australian art. Implicit in its title, the exhibition deals with the overlapping of different 'types' of practices; and the...

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