Born 1973, Melbourne. Lives and works Melbourne.
Tom Nicholson explores the visual languages of politics and propaganda with a focus on the relationship between actions and their traces. Nicholson was trained in drawing at the Victorian College of the Arts, a tradition that greatly informs his practice, which also includes performance and interdisciplinary projects.
Nicholson’s work has featured in numerous solo exhibitions including Comparative monument (Ma’man Allah), Milani Gallery, Brisbane; Cartoons for Joseph Selleny, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (2014); Proposition for a banner march and a black cube hot air balloon, with Raafat Ishak, Shepparton Art Museum, Victoria (2012); Drawings and correspondence, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne (2011); Camp Pell Lecture, with Tony Birch, Artspace, Sydney (2010); After action for another library, Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts, Auckland, New Zealand (2008); After action for another library, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne (2005); Melancholia (Documents after five actions, Berlin), Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne (2003)
Selected group exhibitions include The National: New Australian Art, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (2017); Dissenting Voices, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth (2016); Maju Kena, Mundur Kena (Neither forward nor back): Learning in The Present, 16th Jakarta Biennale, Indonesia (2015); Melbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2013); Sonic Spheres, TarraWarra Biennial 2012, TarraWarra Museum of Art, Healesville (2012); Rehearsal, 8th Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China (2010); Zones of Contact, 15th Biennale of Sydney (2006); NEW04, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2004)
Nicholson’s work is held in the collection of numerous public institutions throughout Australia including the Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide; Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth; National Gallery of Australia, Canberra and National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne