For his new exhibition, ‘Tropical Future World’, Nigel Sense invokes the instincts and emotions experienced during his overseas trip to South-East Asia, immediately prior to Covid-19. Each painting transforms the familiar into something unfamiliar, and, via the application of distortion, dislocation and juxtaposition, the artist constructs an alternative universe, along with a visual interpretation of the senses engaged during direct experience. “I see my works as a social commentary and exploration of the human condition. ‘Tropical Future World’ is the first show I’ve painted that starts from instinct and emotion, and puts the figurative composition second. The works represent visual over-stimulation experienced when travelling. The shapes and lines are taken from snapshots of the day, from the lettering on a street sign in Bangkok, to the patterns on tiles of an old Chinese shop-house in Panang.I had originally planned to paint this show in Cambodia, but my plans, like everyone else’s in 2020 were tipped on its head due to Covid-19. One week I was in Laos and the next found myself painting out of my in-laws house in the northern suburbs of Wollongong. It seemed ironic that my works were to be all about travelling when I found myself forced to remain in isolation in Australia. This body of work is an emotional response to the contradiction that comes from a nomadic approach to life and painting. It captures the simultaneous moments of opposing emotions all rolled up with psychedelic colours and erratic lines. I see the works not just representing subject matter but a visual record of a deeper emotional experience” – Nigel Sense, 2020.Nigel Sense was born in Wollongong, NSW. He achieved a Bachelor of Creative Arts from the University of  Wollongong in 2006. His work was been selected for numerous awards, including the Kilgour Prize (NSW), Salon des Refuses (S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney), Mosman Art Prize (Sydney) and the King’s School Art Prize (Sydney). ‘Tropical Future World’ is the artist’s second solo exhibition at Wagner Contemporary. VIEW WORKS ON PAPER


Sense_Tropical Future World (diptych) 165 x 250cm_email
Sense_Banlung Market_acrylic on naturally dyed canvas_ 51X 71cm LR
Sense_Breakdown on Street 66_acrylic on canvas_80x60cm LR
Sense_Cycle Rickshaw Mate_acrylic on naturally dyed canvas_60 x 100cm LR
Sense_Don Det Book Seller 50x71_email
Sense_Get Matching Tattoos in Bali_acrylic on canvas_140x118cm_email
Sense_Instagram Friends_acrylic on canvas_150x123cm_email
Sense_Malang_acrylic on vintage shopping bag_30.5x43cm HR
Sense_No Plans_acrylic on canvas_71x50cm_email
Sense_Overnight Bus from Pakse 50x71cm_email
Sense_Thai Airways RSL Club_acrylic on canvas_140x120cm_email
Sense_Tiger King_acrylic on canvas_71x50cm_email
Sense_Traffic Shrine_acrylic on canvas_120x80cm_email
Sense_Wednesday Chicken Schnitzels From Around the World_acrylic on linen_40 x 40cm