BA Drawing, Camberwell College of Arts 2020
Nikolas' work doesn't shy away from the dark or the macabre. Focusing on depicting human emotions, he look's at themes such as sin, sadomasochism, addiction, corruption, control and vengeful chaos, alongside more traditional values, such as family, our human connection with nature, love and martyrdom.
Citing Zdzislaw Beksinski and members of Viennese Actionism, as influences, Nikolaos works primarily in graphite and charcoal, he uses bold shading with delicately executed linear details to produce his intricate compositions. He wants to explore the way that artists can have a positive impact on their audiences, even when producing work drenched in emotional darkness.
"I wish for my audience to form a personal relation with my work, understand the purpose of its darker aspects and maybe find such examples within themselves and the people around them. I want them to have a fruitful and eye-opening experience."