Friday, May 24, 2024

Juxtapoz Journal – A Portfolio: Nik Christensen


On as we speak’s A Portfolio, we take a look at the works of UK-based, Japanese influneced artist, Nik Christensen. 

Nik Christensen (born 1973, Bromley, Kent UK) at the moment lives and works in Amsterdam the place he graduated from the Rietveld Academie in 2000.

Influenced by cinema, literature and Japan’s Ukiyo-e masters, Nik Christensen creates large-scale, powerfully atmospheric, black and white ink drawings and work. Exploring the friction between the true and imaginary, he appears to be like for brand new interpretations, deconstructing and reconfiguring that which appears to be like acquainted. Executed in black sumi ink, a variety of Japanese brushes and airbrush. Of working in a medium that morphs because it dries, he has stated, “It’s that slight lack of management that captivates me.”

Over the past 10 years he has spent lengthy durations of time in Kamiyama, a small mountainous city in Tokushima, Japan, the place he retains a studio. This has allowed him to additional analysis the numerous totally different Japanese supplies he makes use of; brushes, inks and washi papers, all of which have grow to be more and more extra particular to his apply. Christensen’s work is held within the collections of Gemeente Museum Den Haag, Stedelijk museum Schiedam and the Dutch Ministry of International Affairs amongst others, in addition to main private and non-private collections internationally


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