Biography

Jonny Niesche, born in 1972 in Australia, is a contemporary artist known for his vibrant abstractions that blend painting and sculpture. His unique art style involves using paint and reflective materials like glitter, mirrors, and translucent fabrics. Niesche’s pieces are dynamic, changing in appearance with the viewer’s position, challenging the concept of static art objects. He earned his Bachelor of Visual Arts in 2007 and Master of Fine Arts in 2013 from the University of Sydney.

Niesche’s work is heavily influenced by the teachings of Austrian artist Heimo Zobernig and the performative aspect of painting. His artworks, which can be wall-mounted or suspended, often display a geometric plane with a gradient of colors. His influences range from German artist Isa Genzken, color-field painters Barnett Newman and Mark Rothko, and Minimalist artists Donald Judd and John McCracken, to the light and colors of Californian and Australian landscapes.

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Education

  • 2013 Master of Fine Arts, University of Sydney
  • 2012 Heimo Zobernig master class, Academy Fine Arts, Vienna
  • 2008 Bachelor of Visual Arts, Honours (1st class), University of Sydney
  • 2007 Bachelor of Visual Arts, University of Sydney

Solo Exhibitons

  • 2024 Electric Light Orchestra, Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam, NL
  • 2023 _ness, Fundacio La Nave Salinas, Illes Balears, ESP
    You say sfumato, I say sfumato, Starkwhite, Auckland, NZ
    Haptic sfumato,1301PE, Los Angeles, USA
    Art Singapore 2023, Starkwhite Gallery, NZ
  • 2022 Furry light, Westlotto, Münster, DE
    ATOMS ENCODE, 1301SW, Melbourne, AU
    Fairlight, Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney, AU
  • 2021 Cosmoscow, Zeller van Almsick, Moscow, RU
    Art Rotterdam, Zeller van Almsick, Rotterdam, NL
    Total Vibration (with Michael Staniak), The HOLE, NYC, USA
    Auckland Art Fair, Starkwhite, Auckland, NZ
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  • 2020 poikilos, Starkwhite, Auckland, NZ
    Transition (with Regine Schumann), Collectors Agenda, Vienna, AT
    When I get very stressed, I make jam, STATION, Melbourne, AU
    Cosmos cosmetics Vol ll Zeller van Almsick, Vienna, AT
  • 2019 BLUSH, Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney, AU
    Art Athina Summer, Zeller Van Almsick, Athens, GR
    Floating over lovers in clouds of signs, LUNDGREN Gallery, Palme De Mallorca, ESP
  • 2018 ‘throb’ , Zeller Van Almsick, Vienna, AT
    Moving Picture, Station Gallery, Melbourne AU
    Virtual Vibration with Mark Pritchard and Spinifex, VIVID Festival, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney, AU
    Auckland Art Fair, Sarah Cottier Gallery, Auckland, NZ
    and so I wait (with Brendan Van Hek), Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney, AU
  • 2017 Cracked actor, Peter Von Kant, London, GB
    Splitting Image, Zeller van Almsick, Vienna, AT
    Love-light, Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney, AU
  • 2016 Picture this, STATION, Melbourne, AU
    Cosmos Cosmetics, Minerva, Sydney, AU
    New Jörg, New Jörg, New Jörg Kunstverein, Vienna, AT
  • 2015 Sundial, STATION, Melbourne AU
    At length; Italian Baroque, (as SLUSH collective), Minerva, Sydney, AU
    We refer to a thing but have no name for the smell, Contemporary
  • 2014 Nothing goes as deep as decoration, STATION, Melbourne, AU
    Vegas Can Be, Minerva, Sydney, AU
    Too Many Heroes, Firstdraft Gallery, Sydney, AU

Group Exhibitions

  • 2023 Art Antwerp, Galerie Ron Mandos, Antwerp, BE
    Living Patterns: Contemporary Australian Abstraction, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, AU
    Phenomena Evoking Theosis,  curated by Angelo Plessas, Zeller van Almsick, Vienna, AT
    Contemporary Art Now, Ibiza, ESP
    Art Brussels, The Hole NYC, Brussels, BE
    Art Singapore, Starkwhite, Singapore, SI
  • 2022 Sydney Contemporary, 1301SW, Sydney, AU
    The Armory Show, The Hole NYC, USA
    Art Brussels, The Hole NYC, Brussels, BE
    Countershading, Zeller van Almsick, Vienna, AT
    Melbourne Art Fair, 1301SW, Melbourne, AU
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  • 2021 The Armory Show, The Hole NYC, USA
    Messe St Agnes, König Galerie, Berlin, DE
    Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning, 1301PE, Los Angeles, USA
    Summer Camp, Neukirchen, AT
    MIRRORS/MIRAGES, Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam, NL
  • 2020 Hand picked masterpieces, Collectors Room Hamburg, Hamburg, DE
    Parallel Vienna, with Zeller van Almsick, Vienna, AT
    CUBED, The HOLE, NY, USA
    Gymnasium, Sydney College of the Arts Gallery, Sydney, AU
    MiniMalism, Minigalerie, Amsterdam, NL
    Apparition, Sarah Cottier Gallery Sydney, AU
    ALAC Starkwhite, Los Angeles, USA
  • 2019 Flat Earth Society, Cement Fondu, Sydney, AU
    Sydney Contemporary, Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney, AU
    Shit that I like, Nicholas Projects, Melbourne, AU
    Sculptur Garden 2019, Vienna, AT
    Idle Worship, Lismore Regional Gallery, Lismore, AU
    New acquisitions, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney, AU
    In Formalism Now, Casula Powerhouse, Sydney, AU
    Jubilee, Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney, AU
    Ways of seeing, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, AU
    ENTKUNSTUNG/VERKUNSTUNG, Austrian Cultural Forum, Berlin, DE
  • 2018 Close encounters, Usfin Atelier, Sydney, AU
    SMOOTH CHROMATICS, Stephanie Kelly Gallery, Dresden, DE
    Sydney Contemporary, Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney, AU
    The night before, Episode 1, Shirlow St, Marrickville, AU
    MCA ARTBAR, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney, AU
    Robert Hunter with Patrick Lundberg and Jonny Niesche, STATION, Melbourne AU
    Rate of change, COMA Gallery, Sydney, AU
    Colour and form, ArtGalleryHome, Sydney, AU
    Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize, National Art School Gallery, Sydney, AU
  • 2017 Group show #36, Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney, AU
    The Gaze of Narcissus, Massimo Carasi The Flat, Milan, IT
    Sydney Contemporary, Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney, AU
    VOLTA Basel, Massimo Carasi The Flat, CHE
    Wholesome environment, Lundgren Gallery, Mallorca, ESP
    Matter matters, Massimo Carasi The Flat, Milan, IT
    Superposition of 3 types, ARTSPACE, Sydney, AU
    Nice one Picasso, Sydney College of the Arts Gallery, Sydney, AU
  • 2016 Shut up and paint, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, AU
    Painting.More painting, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, AU
    Spring 1883, Sarah Cottier Gallery, Melbourne, AU
    Green, Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney, AU
    Studio Wars, Jan Murphy Gallery, Brisbane, AU
    Birmingham St Studios, Art Month Sydney, AU
  • 2015 Sharing Space, Alte Post, Vienna, AT
    OF DECEIT, Greenwood St, Abbotsford, AU
    Its all underneath the floor, its all between the walls, Hestinger Atelier ,Vienna, AT
    Another Destination, Gesso Artspace, Vienna, AT
    Spring 1883, Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney, AU
    The Kaleidoscopic Turn, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, AU
    NADA New York, Basketball City, New York, USA
    Casual Conversation, Minerva, Sydney, AU
    Right Here, Right Now, Penrith Regional Gallery and The Lewers Bequest, Sydney, AU
    Fun House, Minerva Off-Site, 33 Guildford Lane, Melbourne, AU
  • 2014 Television, Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney, AU
    reSATURATEryb, Grace Cossington Smith Gallery, Sydney, AU
    Miami, The Walls, Brisbane, AU
    NSW Visual Arts Fellowship Emerging, ARTSPACE, Sydney, AU
    Speculative Everything (as SLUSH), Firsdraft Gallery, Sydney, AU
    The Future’s Knot, The Lock-up, Newcastle, AU
    Bildhauen, Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney, AU
    Spring 1883, Minerva, Melbourne, AU
    Fauvette Laureiro Artists Travelling Scholarship, Sydney College of the Arts Gallery, Sydney, AU
    Signal, The Cat St Gallery, HK
    New Contemporaries, Sydney College of the Arts Gallery, Sydney, AU
    Sunny and Hilly, Minerva, Sydney AU
  • 2013 Fishers Ghost Award, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney, AU
    Mono No Aware (as SLUSH), Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts, Melbourne, AU
    N.S.W. Visual Arts Fellowship Emerging, ARTSPACE, Sydney, AU
    Connection points, sites of exchange, Willoughby Art Space, Sydney, AU
    The Churchie, Griffith University Gallery, Southbank, AU
    Masters of Fine Arts graduation exhibition, Sydney College of the Arts Gallery, Sydney AU
    Finisce e Continue Uno, Gesso Artspace, Vienna, AT
    GLOW, Sydney College of the Arts Gallery, Sydney, AU
    Home is where one starts from (as SLUSH), Yuill/Crowley Gallery, Sydney, AU
  • 2012 Cronies, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, AU
    Eon, Alaska Projects, Sydney, AU
    SLUSH (as SLUSH), Firstdraft Gallery, Sydney, AU
    Reflect/Deflect, Alaska Projects, Sydney, AU

Collections

ARTBANK Australia
Art Gallery of South Australia
Lyon Housemuseum
M.O.N.A. Museum of New and Old Art, Hobart, AU
Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, AU
National Gallery of Victoria, AU
Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, AU
Private collections in Europe, U.K., U.S.A, South America, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia.

Awards and Residencies

  • 2017 Australia Council New Work Grant
  • 2016 Australia Council New Work Grant (as SLUSH)
  • 2014 Fauvette Loureiro Memorial Artists Travel Scholarship, Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney
  • 2014 Australia Council New Work Grant (as SLUSH)
  • 2014 Australia Council Art Start Grant
  • 2013 Firstdraft Gallery Residency, Sydney, Australia
  • 2011 Australian Post Graduate Award
  • 2011 Fauvette Loureiro Travelling Exchange Scholarship, Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney