CV & Statement

Nicholas Dedics

Artist Info

1986
Born in Yorkshire
Lives and works in London
E-mail - nickdedics@hotmail.co.uk

Statement

Inspired by such aspects as national myths, the dumbing down of society and the technological displacement of human knowledge and skill, I recycle histories and visual narratives creating distorted historical events and satirical visions of the past. These new historical works fit to a new purpose where heritage is manipulated, distorted and corrupted into a contemporary world where people use history as propaganda and claim heritage for their own needs. Here imagined dislocated societies, by recreating a lost cultural heritage, warped historical iconography of power, religion and nationhood become imbued with strange ancient-like mysticism and sacred symbolism. As a satirical critique of contemporary culture in which identity is so important, the work often reflects on the myths of tradition, human nature of belonging and the process of painting itself that draws on the whole history of visual imagery.

Education

2011-2012
Chelsea College of Art and Design, MA Fine Art

2009
Coventry University, BA Fine Art (First class)

2006
Bradford College, Art Foundation


Exhibitions & Commissions


Solo Exhibitions:

2012
‘An End to All That’, Dean Clough Galleries, Halifax, West Yorkshire

2009
‘Info Now’, Glass Box Gallery, Coventry

Selected Group Exhibitions:

2013
Schwartz Gallery, London
'MaIL', Hampstead Heath, London
ATP Gallery, London
The Hanmi Gallery, London
North studio residency, Hull

2012
Saatchi Gallery - New Sensations, Victoria House, Bloomsbury, London
MA Degree Show, Chelsea College of Art and Design
‘Painting in Conversation’, Bussey Building, London
The Round chapel, Hackney, London
‘3 by 3’ interim show, Triangle Space gallery, Chelsea College of art, London
Menier Gallery, Southwark, London
Window Galleries, London
Kingsgate Workshop Trust, West Hampstead, London
‘Shuffle’ Pluspace, Coventry

2011
Triangle Space gallery, Chelsea College of art, London
Oriel Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno, Wales

2010
The Hive, Manchester
‘Open All Hours’ (Blank Media Collective). Piccadilly Place, Manchester
The Drawing room. Kendal
Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds
‘Emerging Issues’. The Gallery, Willsden Centre. London
‘The View From Here’. Nexus, Manchester

2009
Free Range Art Fair. Old Truman Brewery, Brick lane, London.
‘Twenty 09’. Coventry
Lanchester Gallery. Coventry
Herbert Art Gallery. Coventry

2008
Stratford Armouries. Stratford upon Avon
‘New Horizons’. RBSA. Birmingham

Collections

Zabludowicz Collection, London
The Saatchi Collection, London

Awards

2012 New Sensations, Saatchi Gallery and Channel 4
2012 ‘Xhibit 2012’ winning selected artist
2008 Jane Sutton memorial arts award. Coventry University

Press

Blank Media Collective magazine
Free Range Art Fair Catalogue