Nikala Bourke

Biography


I was born in the Tasmanian city of Launceston, in 1971.

I am currently completing my Bachelor of Fine Arts, through the University of Tasmania, Tasmanian College of the Arts, Hobart.

My work focuses primarily on the observation of natural tissues,predominantly local flowers, plants and seaweeds. By using light and magnification, glass and water, cameras and digital processes, the notions of change in form become evident in my artwork. Replicating the waters' edge and the beach landscape is a common subject matter in my practice.

Transparency is another thematic in my visual arts. Passing light onto or through an object fuels my practice and my curiosity. As does the desire to observe, expose and compare the relationship with ourselves and plants, using the flower as metaphor for many elements of human psyche.

Engaging closely with organic materials allows me  space, to ponder on the awe of natural creation and to  transform it into an image.

Intimate views,  complimenting of colours and intriguing textures and forms all  combine to reveal  the nature of life, its' cycles  and wonders. The curiosity in 'Beautiful Decay' and observation of materials arises from my career in the health services, surgery and wound care.





Education

2017 (current) - Bachelor of Fine Arts, Honours.

2016    Dean's Honour Roll, Faculty of Arts, University of Tasmania.

2013   - 2016.  Bachelor of Fine Arts, Photography Major, Tasmanian College of The Arts (Hunter Street), University of Tasmania.

2016      Member of The Golden Key International Honour Society – for academic achievement.

2014     Dean's Honour Roll, Faculty of Arts, University of Tasmania.

2009    Tafe Tasmania Hobart, Diploma in Digital Imaging.



Solo Exhibitions

January 2017   The Skins of the River. Salamanca Arts Centre, Top Gallery Space.

Group Exhibitions

2017     Entrepot Gallery, Hunter Street, Hobart  - The Medium is the Message. Group Show with Phillip England and Christine Owen.

2016     Members Show, Contemporary Art Tasmania, Hobart.

2016     Birchalls Tertiary Art Prize Finalist Exhibition, NEW Gallery, Launceston.

2016     Kingborough Art Prize and Exhibition, Kingston Beach Hall.

2015     Not Just Painting, The Long Gallery, Salamanca Arts Centre.

2015     Members Show, Contemporary Art Tasmania, Hobart.

2015     Graduates Show: Final Body of Work Exhibition for Studio Majors (Photography), Tasmanian College of the Arts (Utas).

2015     Rotary Club of Hobart Annual Art Show, Wrest Point.

2015     Entrepot Gallery, Hunter Street, Hobart. Past Their Prime: A Celebration and Vestige. Group Show with Phillip England.

2015     Kingborough Art Prize and Exhibition, Kingston Beach Hall.

2014     Members Show, Contemporary Art Tasmania, Hobart.

2014     Birchalls Tertiary Art Prize Finalist Exhibition, NEW Gallery, Launceston.

2013     Members Show, Contemporary Art Tasmania, Hobart.

2009    Mawson Waterside Pavillion, Hobart. Real Beauties: Women Living with Breast Cancer, with Victoria Henderson.


Collections

Henry Jones Art Hotel Collection

http://www.thehenryjones.com/artandhistory/onlineartcatalogue-en.html

Awards

2016     Finalist, Birchalls Tertiary Art Prize.

2015     Recipient of the Ted Pool Memorial Award for commitment, abilities and dedication. Rotary Club of Hobart and Tasmanian College of the Arts, University of Tasmania.

2015     Winner - Digital Art Category, Kingborough Art Prize and Exhibition.

2014     Dean's Roll of Excellence, Faculty of Arts, University of Tasmania.

2014     Finalist, Birchalls Tertiary Art Prize.

2014     Jon Lajos Prize in Fine Arts, for excellence and artistic merit in second year studies. University of Tasmania.




Publication

Togatus Magazine, Issue 6, August 2014, p.13.

http://issuu.com/togatus/docs/web_issue_six/13?e=0/15060230


Kingborough Chronicle, Monday, 11 May 2015.

http://www.kingboroughchronicle.com.au/index.php/component/k2/item/350-local-kingborough-art-prize-goes-national.


University of Tasmania (Tasmanian College of the Arts) Student Booklet for 2016.

http://www.utas.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0010/887329/tasmanian-college-of-the-arts-current-students-in-art-booklet.pdf


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