Nick Thomm on redefining beauty for Canberra Centre

Posted 26 Jun 2017

Story by Her Canberra

Canberra Centre yesterday revealed the first in a specially commissioned series of artworks created by renowned New-York based Australian artist Nick Thomm.

A series of large-scale murals will be on display including a hero artwork based on the theme of the artwork series, ‘Beauty Redefined’ created in Nick Thomm’s signature photo-realistic style which utilises bright, psychedelic colours in a mixed-media format that blends traditional and digital art styles.

“We’re very excited to be working with Nick Thomm to create a series of artworks in celebration of our new beauty and wellness precinct,” says Canberra Centre Manager, Amanda Paradiso.

“As an Australian artist who has been experiencing significant success in the US, exhibiting at institutions ranging from the National Gallery of Victoria to New York’s New Museum, he is a trailblazer of the art scene and someone we’ve been very proud to partner with.”

“We are thrilled to have had the opportunity to bring Nick Thomm back to Australia to share his colourful and dynamic work in this unique way with our city.”

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Nick Thomm is an Australian artist working in New York City, also founder of SRC783 Magazine. Best known for his large-scale hyper-color works and immersive projection installations, Nick has often been cited as “the poster child for the digitally inclined”.

Nick said he has enjoyed the chance to create a series of artworks including custom pieces inspired by the new Canberra Centre beauty and wellness precinct, exploring the idea that the world’s understanding of beauty is changing.

“I looked at the layers of beauty; deconstructing typical fashion imagery and beauty elements, and reconstructing them in an abstract way that represents all of these things as one,” he explains.

“The idea that there are layers to beauty is important – what you see is not necessarily what someone else sees, and that’s been a large part of the inspiration behind the work.”

The series will be on display progressively throughout June and July launched with a hero custom piece spanning over 50m2 at the entrance to Canberra Centre’s beauty and wellness precinct on the ground level. The piece will be hard to miss, and not just because of the hyper colour design.

“I like my work to be overwhelming,” says Nick. 
“When you stand in front of it, you should feel the presence of the work, it should be hypnotising.”

Canberra Centre recently announced the transformation of Monaro Mall with a beauty and wellness space including Mecca Maxima, Jurlique, Aveda, Perfect Potion, Eden Laser Clinic, 3ina and Inglot.

The Centre’s new beauty and wellness precinct opens on ground floor next to David Jones in July with more lifestyle and dining options opening later in 2017 at Canberra Centre.

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