25: Galgaliel, Vibration, Somehow, I know that I am haunted to be wanted
Tomislav Nikolic is one of the most significant and exciting abstract painters working in Australia today. Nikolic, like some of the great abstract painters of the twentieth century, draws inspiration from spirituality in his work, including religion, esoteric philosophies and new age mysticism. He will select ideas from various belief systems and popular culture, which are cryptically referenced in the titles of his work, and use these as a starting point for making paintings. According to Nikolic, the three segments of this triptych represent, from largest to smallest, an angel (soul), a portal (mind), and a contradiction (body). In this sense Nikolic has rendered, through a personalised and symbolic vocabulary of colour and form, a profile of an individual and elements that constitute their spiritual being.
triptych: synthetic polymer paint and marble dust on canvas
dimensions variable :
a - angel, 20 x 20 cm
b - portal, 76 x 76 cm
c - contradiction, 150 x 150 cm
Signature & date
Signed upper c. verso on canvas [part a], pencil "Tomislav Nikolic". Not dated.
Signed u.l. verso on canvas [part b], pencil "Tomislav Nikolic". Not dated.
Signed u.l. verso on canvas [part c], pencil "Tomislav Nikolic". Not dated.
Gift of the artist 2017. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
Not on display
© Tomislav Nikolic
Shown in 1 exhibition
Tomislav Nikolic (2004), Yuill/Crowley Gallery, Potts Point, 2004–Unknown