Contemporary Figurative Painting:
The Psychological Portrait

with Nic Ives


Suitable for: ALL LEVELS

Session Times Available:
(AM) Morning session SOLD OUT!
(AM) Morning session SOLD OUT!
This painting workshop combines traditional painting techniques with contemporary ideas of collage, narrative and representation.

Participants of the workshop will be directed to depict themselves through painting, and be guided through techniques from underpainting to colour theory. Aiming to heighten the psychological space and content of their painting, the artists will be directed to look beyond the physical world and describe the more elusive, esoteric, or perhaps absurd elements of themselves and the world in which we live.

Facilitated by Nicholas Ives, educators taking part in this workshop will learn to combine classical and traditional painting techniques with a contemporary painting language and aim to further each individual’s personal expression.


About the Presenter

Nicholas Ives is a contemporary artist based in Melbourne, Australia
Nicholas maintains a professional practice working predominately in oils on linen.
He has held 12 solo & exhibited in over 40 group exhibitions within Australia, Germany, Italy, New Zealand and USA, and has been selected in national awards & received private and public commissions.
Nicholas has held studio residences in Berlin, Germany & Florence, Italy.
Nicholas’ work was featured in the Australian Art Collector and Art+Australia, plus small press and catalogue publishing.
Nicholas explores within his work realms of the Absurd and the Carnivalesque through a primarily figurative form. His works flow across the borders of portraiture into abstract qualities, encouraging unexpected outcomes and collisions – encounters of the material surface and the imaginings of unknown painterly worlds.
Nicholas Ives is represented by Blackart Projects, Melbourne AUST & the Vivian Gallery, Auckland NZ

“My works are human-scaled, at times intimate, explorative and personal, with heavy importance on the material and felt aspects the painting process. Time allows the pieces to change and fluctuate. There’s a rapture and absurdity to making these paintings, revealing an ebb and flow of studio process that making drives the work itself. I liken my practice to something that is elusive and adaptive and evolving, and operates within the fluid nature of paint.

“I find that incidents and experiences within painting articulate multiple possibilities for new lived realities. A painting is the mid-state of an event that operates with infinite divergence… the instability of the painting process is a fluid reality that moves in the direction of the unlimited. Painting is lived and defies abstraction, as it is an experiential travel towards a multitude of moments both past, future and side-by-side. Painting moments always open new painting moments and will disrupt previous painting moments.”
– Nicholas Ives






Nicholas Ives If Youre Lonely Eat A Sandwich

Nicholas Ives A Spot Non Physical

Nicholas Ives Self Portrait As The Fool

Nicholas Ives Dizzy Knocked Out

Artwork & Images courtesy of Nic Ives