Paddington Art Prize 2009, 2007
The Kings School Art Prize, 2007
The Glover Prize 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008
Kedumba Drawing Prize 2010
Fleurieu Art Prize 2008
Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize 2011, 2007
Doug Maroan Portrait Prize 2006
Archibald Prize Salon des Refuses 2005
The Blake Prize 2005
One of the leading artists to emerge in Australia, Nicholas Blowers has had considerable success over a short period of time. After sell-out exhibitions in 2006 and 2007 at Dickerson Galleries in Sydney and Melbourne, English-born Nicholas Blowers moved to Hobart where the remarkable flora and fauna in Tasmania has greatly inspired this observant and talented artist, whose work celebrates the detail of the environment. Through intense examination of the landscape and the life that it supports, Blowers attempts to reconstruct the micro-environments and lives in incredible detail. The result is a unique interpretation, which allows the artist to showcase his highly refined skills as a painter.
Nicholas’ recent series of paintings relate to the world of insects. Blowers’ has used electron microscopes and macro photography to capture detailed images of insects found in his studio. In some paintings there are groupings of insects derived from the electron microscope plates. In other pictures the focus is on a solitary insect. The over-arching theme in his work is collapse and decay.
Nicholas sees the subjects as portraits with his main focus being how to capture the singularity of decay or the particular nature of an insect’s design within this unknown landscape. Although the artist has always had a great interest in botanical illustration, his interest in depicting this hidden world is not to create a scientifically useful image. It is to present to the viewer a subject in terms of its potential to explore his aesthetic concerns with mark making. It is through this pathway that allows the observer a way into feeling an emotional attachment with the painting and the subject.
Nicholas Blowers has twice won the Paddington Art Prize (NSW 2007, 2009); has been a finalist in the prestigious Doug Moran Portrait Prize (NSW) with a portrait of Charles Blackman; a finalist in the Blake Prize; has been short-listed and highly commended for the Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize twice and is a five-time finalist in the Glover Art Prize (TAS).