• Nicholas Burry

‘“I think the reason why I paint is, you have these dreams, or visions, where an image will occur to you, and it’s like, I’m not satisfied with just the thought of it. I have to see it, and make it tangible. For me, the real trick, the real satisfaction, comes from when another person believes it. When they can see it and relate to it.

In traditional paintings of Christ’s tomb, there were guards that were stationed to watch the tomb, but they fall asleep at some point, so when Christ comes back and walks out, they miss it. And I thought that was so amazing, to sleep through such an event. I thought there was a lot there – we sleep through lots of things. Sleep is a big motif in this show – a lot of the works touch on working life, and working is tiring. Life is full of stuff you don’t want to do, and that adds up...It all kind of came from a feeling of empathy for these guards. There’s a lot of recognising the weight of life – it sort of gets stuck to you, on the soles of your shoes, getting heavier and heavier.” Nicholas Burry, September 2023

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  • Te Aro
  • Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington