About the artist

Nicholas Hales is a contemporary artist living in Cape Town, South Africa. He works across a number of disciplines, including painting, drawing and video/film.

He has an Advanced Diploma in Fine Art from the University of Cape Town (1992) and a Diploma in Graphic Design (1991) also from the University of Cape Town.

He has held five solo exhibitions, ‘Games’, at Tokara, Sellenbosch, South Africa (2018), ‘Adytum’,  2007 and ‘Portals’, 2005, at Joao Ferreira, Cape Town, South Africa.  ‘Balance, Cape Town, Masculine and Feminine ‘, Association for Visual Arts(2002) Cape Town, South Africa and the Irma Stern Museum(1999) Cape Town, South Africa. He has participated in numerous group shows in South Africa and a number of exhibitions internationally.

He has won a number of awards for his work, including a Scholarship award for an art residence, at L’Air Arts, Paris, France in 2019, and a Merit winner, ‘What is life exhibition?’ at the South African National Museum, Cape Town, 2002.

His work is included in the permanent collections of L’Air Arts, Paris, France, Detroit Museum of New Art(MONA), U.S.A., Spier Arts Trust, South Africa and Nandos, South Africa.

CURRICULUM VITA

One Person Shows

2018 ‘Games’, Tokara, Stellenbosch, South Africa.
2007 ‘Adytum’, João Ferreira Gallery , Cape Town, South Africa.
2005 ‘Portals’, João Ferreira Gallery , Cape Town, South Africa.
2002 ‘Balance, Cape Town masculine and feminine’, Association for Visual Arts, Cape Town, South Africa.
1999, UCT Irma Stern Museum, Cape Town, South Africa.

Selected Group Exhibitions

2020 ‘Site Visit’, L’AiR Arts, Paris. Artland.com
2020 ‘Summer Salon‘, nel Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa.
2020 131a Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
2019 ‘Barnard collective’, Barnard Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa.
2019 ‘Summer Salon‘, nel Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa.
‘2019 The invisible realm of possibility’ FIAP, Paris, France. (partnership between L’AIR ARTS, Paris, France and DRAWinternational, Caylus, France.)
2018 ‘Nano 1.1’, Barnard Gallery, Cape Town.
2018 Tokara, Stellenbosch, Cape Town.
2017 99 Loop, Cape Town.
2017  Nano 1.1’, Barnard Gallery, Cape Town.
201 Tokara, Stellenbosch, Cape Town.
2014 Commune.1, Cape Town.
2014 Cape Town Art Fair, AVA, Cape Town.
2013 ‘Shimmering’, Cavalli Estate, Cape Town.
2011 Contributed print for ‘Addiction’ print book. Book launch at ‘Open Book’, iArt, Cape Town.
2010 Spanish Embassy Opening of Parliament exhibition, Cape Town.
2009 ‘Elysian Fields’, UCA Gallery, Cape Town.
2008 South African Abstract Art Volume 1. Seippel Gallery Johannesburg.
2018 Johannesburg Art Fair, João Ferreira Gallery.
2007 ‘Flesh’, ABSA KKNK, Oudtshoon, South Africa. Nominated for a Kanna award for best work at the festival.
2006 Alpan Gallery, Huntington, New York.
206 ‘Want and Desire’, João Ferreira Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa.
2006 ‘Home’, Old Biscuit Mill, Cape Town, South Africa
2005 ‘Committees Choice show’, Association for Visual Arts (AVA), Cape Town, South Africa
2004 ‘Brett Kebble Art awards’ in collaboration with Norman O’Flynn , Cape Town, South Africa.
2003 Selected finalist for the Sasol wax in art competition, Sasolburg, South Africa.
2003 ‘2nd Annual Detroit International Video Festival’, Detroit Museum of New Art(MONA). U.S.A.
2003 Merit winner, ‘What is life exhibition?’ South African National Museum, Cape Town, South Africa.
2003 ‘Ydesire’, Castle, Cape Town, South Africa.
2002 ‘Autogeographies’, Millennium Gallery Johannesburg, South Africa.
2001 ‘YDETAG’, South African National Gallery, Cape Town. South Africa.

Residencies

2019 L’Air Arts, Paris, France.
2018 Selected for Chateau d’Orquevaux Residency, France.
2018 Selected for Enter Text residency program, Arteles, Finland.
2010 Selected for Vermont Studio Centre, residency, USA.
2007 –  2003 Greatmore Studios, Cape Town, South Africa

Film festivals

2014 Independent Mzani Short Film Festival, Pretoria.
2014 shnit international short film festival, Cape Town.

Public and Private Collections

L’Air Arts, Paris, France, Detroit Museum of New Art(MONA), U.S.A., Spier Arts Trust, South Africa and Nandos, South Africa
Nicholas Hales’ work is held in private collections in the Europe, U.K., U.S.A and the Far East.

Education

1992 Advanced Diploma in Fine Art, University of Cape Town.
1988-1991 Diploma in Graphic Design, University of Cape Town.

Awards

2019 Scholarship art residence, L’Air Arts, Paris, France.
2007 Nominated for a Kanna award. ‘Flesh’, ABSA KKNK, Oudtshoon South Africa.
2002 Merit winner, ‘What is life exhibition?’ South African National Museum, Cape Town.
1992 Awarded  the Jules Kramer Scholarship for Post – Graduate study at the University of  Cape Town