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'Spezial Material' - Workshop with Alessandro Gottardo, Hamburg
1:00 PM13:00

'Spezial Material' - Workshop with Alessandro Gottardo, Hamburg

Alessandro Gottardo - workshop and presentation at the Ditze auditorium, Hamburg


Throughout May and June a series of lectures and workshops will take place by international illustrators and designers at HAW University, Hamburg. The workshops will present the practitioners work and report on their experiences as well as their career. This series of workshops will be opened by the great illustrator Alessandro Gottardo.


Born in Pordenone (Italy), Alessandro Gottardo (aka SHOUT) first studied at the Art Academy of Venice and later illustration in Milan. His illustrations have been published, among others, in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Newsweek. Gottardo won numerous awards, including the Gold MEDAL of the Society of Illustrators in New York for his work. Today he lives and works in Milan.



The event is public, the admission FREE
Starts: Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 18.00 clock
Address: Arts and Media Campus Hamburg, Finkenau 35, Ditze auditorium

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website by Alessandro Gottardo 
Facebook presence of "special material"


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Robert Nicol: Galerie Maurits van de Laar
9:00 AM09:00

Robert Nicol: Galerie Maurits van de Laar

Lotte van Lieshout , Robert Nicol (UK)



19 April through 11 May 2014 



Lotte van Lieshout (1978) paints her perception of the world from a strong, personal perspective. Often, she herself is present in the paintings; portrayed in the immediate surroundings of her house or studio, or in an imaginary setting that sometimes refers to art history. By using bright colors and small interventions, the image is provided with magical connotations. In Klokhuis (Core) a women is given a bird’s head; in 671SK Van Lieshout has painted a nocturnal scene with a bunker in the dunes and in the foreground a naked woman opening a suitcase that seems to contain a treasure. The aspect of discovering is a recurring theme in her work, almost as a metaphor for discovering and catching motives and forms during the process of painting.

Robert Nicol (UK, 1980) is a graduate of the Glasgow School of Art and The Royal College of Art, London. In a direct way that is related to folk and outsider art he paints a peculiar world in which human fears, hopes and desires occupy center stage. Often he depicts panoramic landscapes featuring small figures that are performing absurd actions. This absurdity creates a distance from which we are able to consider our own existence and put it into perspective. Nicol draws both from high and low art, from Italian Renaissance painting to video games. Often there is also a dark side to the images which gives the work a subtle sense of tension.

The exhibition will be opened by Arno van Roosmalen, director of Stroom Den Haag on Saturday 19 April at 04:00 pm. Finissage Sunday 11 May at 03:00 pm 


Gallery Info:

Galerie Maurits van de Laar. 

Herderstraat 6, 2512 CV

The Hague,

The Netherlands 


Robert Nicol. Offering, 2013, acrylic on perspex, 61 x 44 cm

Robert Nicol. Golden Gates, 2013, acrylic on perspex, 30 x 42 cm

  Robert Nicol. Great Exhibition, 2012, acrylic on perspex,  52 x 73 cm


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Robert Nicol: The Shadows of a God
to Apr 12

Robert Nicol: The Shadows of a God

Robert Nicol: The Shadows of a God

30b Great Sutton Street

London, EC1V 0DU


Private View: Tuesday 18 March, 6 - 9 pm

Show Runs: 19 March - 12 April 2014

Open: Wed – Sat, 12 – 6 pm or by appointment

The Shadows of a God is a presentation of Robert Nicol’s disorientating paintings and ceramics in which polite genres are rattled in his appropriation of small-scale media.


King William Island

Nicol’s scenes bustle with characters undertaking bizarre and outrageous activities.  Strange confluences and Lilliputian disruption are second nature in otherwise everyday contexts.  Landscapes, interiors and portraits are interrupted by nonsensical occurrences.


There is very little narrative coherence across Nicol’s work.  Characters do not have personalities, settings are undefined with actions undertaken with a routine sense of the banal.  This limbo is pared down and precisely staged in an unobtrusive spectrum soft pastel colours.


Duck, 2014, acrylic on perspex, 30 x 40 cm

Nicol injects futility with humour.  A rafting party of floating figures bobs past a phallic iceberg on inflatable sausages.  Flowers blow bubbles and scarecrows are shot with arrows.   Stickmen watch their fellows bleeding, building abominable green snowmen and trading decapitated heads.  Pastoral idylls set the ironic scenery, populating by rolling hills and snowy expanses, unchanged by gigantic naked men and shivering breasts.


Ceramics embody shapes and motifs found in the paintings, infringing on the parameters of the painted reality and complementing the surprising contents of their painted counterparts.


Robert Nicol (born 1980, UK) lives and works in London.  Nicol graduated from Glasgow School of Art (BA Fine Art, 2001-04) and The Royal College of Art (MA Communication, Art and Design 2005-07).  Selected solo exhibitions include Vous et Ici, GALLERY, Amsterdam (2013), Erebus and Terror, Cole London (May 2012), Breaking Wheel, Cole London (September 2010) and Fulham Palace Commission, The Fulham Palace Gallery, London (2008).  Selected group exhibitions include Who’s Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue?, Flowers East, London (2013), Stranger, Flowers East, London (2013), Necessarily True, Garage Rotterdam, (2012), A Private Affair, Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston (2012), Art Rotterdam, Cole London (2012), Manchester Contemporary, Cole London (2011), Scenery and Landscape, 37PK Haarlem, (2012), Wit, Fear and Sarcasm, The Fine Art Society London, (2011), Art Hong Kong, Cole London (2011), Art Amsterdam, Art Consultancy Tanya Rumpff, (2011), Cloak & Dagger, Edgar Modern, Bath (2008).  Nicol is a Lecturer of BA Illustration, Camberwell College of Arts.  


Freelance illustration clients include The Financial Times, The World of Interiors, United Airlines, Elephant, Lawrence King Publishing, The Telegraph, Condé Naste, the Royal College of Art, House & Garden, Penguin Books, BBDO Advertising, BBH Advertising and CIMA.


Inuit Carving, acrylic on perspex, 40 x 60 cm

Lascaux, 2011, acrylic on perspex, 20 x 28 cm

Night Painting, acrylic on perspex, 35 x 50 cm

Lancaster Sound, acrylic on perspex, 50 x 70 cm

Untitled, 2013, glazed ceramic

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Robert Nicol - Exhibiting at Breese Little
to Feb 22

Robert Nicol - Exhibiting at Breese Little

'Old tin cutlery before the invention of the fork' brings together a selection of emerging and established artists whose work is loosely comparable through its unusual handling of loaded subjects.  Hierarchies and conventionally agreed approaches are set aside for new methods of discussion and appropriation.  This spectrum includes the direct address of taboo to a slighter manipulation of expectation or reality.  Often the effect is that contained, individual visions speak of larger concerns, with a subtly critical eye trained on politics, religion, gender, race, community or identity.


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