Nick Veasey Biography
A man with x-ray vision, Nick Veasey creates art that shows what it is really like inside.
Nick’s work with radiographic imaging equipment takes the x-ray to another level. Everyday objects are transformed from the banal to the beguiling and the layers and make-up of natural items are shown in fantastic detail.
These works are a classic example of the fusion between art and science. The results transcend classification as photographs, having the gravitas to motivate science institutions and art galleries to acquire the artworks. The Victoria and Albert Museum in London have recently added his work to the British National Collection of Photography. Nick regularly exhibits at fine art galleries the world over. The ethereal and fascinating works have collected a host of International awards.
In today’s world that is obsessed with ‘image’, superficiality and artifice, Veasey counters such insubstantial diversions by delving inside and discovering what things are really made of. Metaphors for the images are many and varied. Their context is very relevant in today’s society with the prevalence of surveillance and the use of x-ray technology for security.
The artist’s work can be seen as a project that harnesses and exploits modern technology to advance the boundaries of perception and of art. But what sets him apart from other artists is not only the technique. Instead of creating or transforming things, he is exposing something that always existed, objects we think we know but we don’t. Not from the inside out.
Creating art with radiation is complex and dangerous but the results continually inspire Nick to keep experimenting.
The subjects of his attention are manifold. Flora and fauna, a teddy bear, ordinary objects such as shoes, an ice- cream cone and even a classic Morris Mini. Mainly, whatever surrounds us and is tangible. Although working with the manifest, he achieves to uncover the invisible. Veasey’s x-rays penetrate the surface and take us on a journey into a world otherwise hidden and unseen. The inner life of objects and organisms is revealed, the surface replaced with transparency, the inside becomes the outside – what is left is the form the aesthetics of form the inner beauty.
The work is a dazzling balance of extremes, using lethal radiation to produce results of great lyricism and grace. Veasey’s x-rays penetrate solid matter to render it ghostly and gentle, giving the viewers that precious feeling that they have somehow seen reality afresh with an aspect to life that they have never before experienced.
An artist that pushes boundaries in pursuit of his calling – does he glow in the dark? Has he got lead underpants? What can’t he x-ray?
Oct-Current, Traffic Jam Galleries, NSW, Australia
Oct-Current, Let There Be Art, Emilio Castelar, Mexico City, Mexico
August, NOVA Gallery, Makati City, Philippines
Jan-Feb, Guns n Roses, Nick Veasey X-Ray, Galerie Frangulyan, Paris, France
Sept-Nov, The X-Man, Bluerider Gallery, TAIWAN
Sept-Oct, Opiom, Opio, FRANCE
Feb, Linda Matney Gallery, Williamsburg VA, USA
Jan-Feb, Galerie Frangulyan, Paris, FRANCE
Jun-Jul, Richard Goodall, Manchester, UK
Apr-Jun, Joseph Bellows, La Jolla, CA, USA
Mar-Apr, Gregg Shienbaum, Miami, FL, USA
Oct-Nov, Pobeda Gallery, Moscow, RUSSIA
Sept-Oct, Split Photo Gallery, traveling exhibition: Rijeka and Zagreb, Croatia
Aug-Oct, Glass Garage Fine Art Gallery, Hollywood, CA, USA
Mar-Jun, Atelier Junqwirth, Graz, Austria
January, LA Art, Los Angeles, CA, USA
December, Red Dot, Miami, FL, USA
September, Houston Fine Art Fair, TX, USA
July-August, ArtAspen, Evan Lurie Gallery, CO, USA
Masters of Illusion, bG Gallery at Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, CA, USA
July, ArtHamptons, Evan Lurie Gallery, NY, USA
March,The National:Best Contemporary Photographs, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN, USA
February, Palm Springs Fine Art Fair, Evan Lurie Gallery, FL USA
February, Palm Beach Fine Art Fair, Evan Lurie Gallery, FL, USA
December, Art Basel:SCOPE Miami, Evan Lurie Gallery, Miami, FL, USA
September, Inauguration, Opiom Gallery, France
September, Art Houston, Evan Lurie Gallery, Houston, TX, USA
November, SOFA:Chicago, Evan Lurie Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA
May, Gallerie LeRoyer, Montreal, Canada
Oct-Feb, V&A Museum, British Photography, London, GB
May-Aug, 21_21 Design Sight Bones, Tokyo, Japan
Nov-Jan, XFUNS Gala 08 X=Secret, Musuem of Contemporary Art, Taiwan
National History Media Museum, UK Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Museum of Contemporary Art, San Francisco Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, Taiwan
Mass MoCA, Massachusetts, USA Fort Wayne Musuem of Art, Fort Wayne, IN USA
Crossfit, San Diego, CA, USA Investec, London
Seabury Group, New York Deutsche Post, Bonn
Parker Technologies, Cleveland Deutches Roentgen Museum, Germany
Museum Villa Rot, Germany MUDAC, Lausanne, Switzerland
The Museum at FIT, NY, USA National Media Museum, Yorkshire, UK
Science and Technology Museum, Milan, Italy
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