Melbourne-based artist Nicholas Ives predominately paints in oils on linen and has held 12 solo shows and exhibited in over 40 group exhibitions within Australia, Berlin and Los Angeles.

Ives has been selected as finalist and successful recipient for multiple national awards and grants including ArtBox Commission (recipient, 2016), Doug Moran National Portrait Prize (finalist, 2015), Ronald Greenaway Artist Commission (recipient, 2015), Town Hall Gallery Hawthorn (2015) and Doug Moran National Portrait Prize (semi-finalist, 2013). He has received a number of private and public commissions.

Graduating from Monash University, Victoria in 2001 with a Bachelor of Fine Art. Hons (Painting) and again from Monash University in 2005 with a Masters of Fine Art (Research), Ives has held studio residences in Berlin, Germany & Florence, Italy.

Within his work Ives explores the realms of the absurd and the carnivalesque through a primarily figurative form. His works flow across the borders of portraiture into abstract qualities, encouraging unexpected outcomes and collisions - encounters of the material surface and the imaginings of unknown painterly worlds.

Ives work was featured in the Australian Art Collector magazine, June 2016. 


“My works are human-scaled, at times intimate, explorative and personal, with heavy importance on the material and felt aspects the painting process.  Time allows the pieces to change and fluctuate. There’s a rapture and absurdity to making these paintings, revealing an ebb and flow of studio process that making drives the work itself. I liken my practice to something that is elusive and adaptive and evolving, and operates within the fluid nature of paint.

“I find that incidents and experiences within painting articulate multiple possibilities for new lived realities.  A painting is the mid-state of an event that operates with infinite divergence… the instability of the painting process is a fluid reality that moves in the direction of the unlimited.  Painting is lived and defies abstraction, as it is an experiential travel towards a multitude of moments both past, future and side-by-side.  Painting moments always open new painting moments and will disrupt previous painting moments.” 


2003 – 2005 Masters of Fine Art (Research) Monash University

1998 – 2001   Bachelor of Fine Art (Painting) Monash University (Hons)



2016 ArtBox Commission (recipient)

2015 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize (finalist)

         Ronald Greenaway Artist Commission (recipient), Town Hall Gallery Hawthorn

2013 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize (semi-finalist)



2017 An arbitrary device in the belly of a whale, Fort Delta, Melbourne

2016 Smile, Fort Delta, Melbourne

2015 MoonFace, Stockroom Gallery, Kyneton

2014 Holy $#!✞!, Rubicon ARI, Nth Melbourne

2013 Puny Humans, Book of Drawings Prints, Blender Studios, Melbourne

2011  I am flying through boundless space, Paradise Hills, Richmond

2010 In Anticipation of Rotten Teeth, Trocadero, Footscray

2009 A River of Dead Men, SUB12, Substation Newport

          Escaping The Cage ,Shifted, Richmond

2006 Looking at Things, Viewing Space, Melbourne

2005 Semantics, Pranks & Acrobatics, Faculty Gallery, Monash University



2017 Stockroom Travels Series, Stockroom Gallery, Cremorne site

        Summer 40, Rubicon, Nth Melbourne

2016 Slippery Stories, Strange Neighbour, Melbourne | Durden and Ray, Los Angeles USA

2015 Umbelliferous Portraits, Rubicon ARI, Nth Melbourne (Upcoming)

        Other Side, Counihan Gallery, Brunswick (Upcoming)

2015 Ronald Greenaway – Artist and his world, Town Hall Gallery, Hawthorn (Upcoming)

        Future Process, Artereal Gallery, Rozelle NSW

        So Much Staying Alive and Lovelessness, Tristian Koenig Gallery, Collingwood

2014 Either Side, James Makin Gallery, Collingwood

        Through a Hole in the Sky, Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts, St Kilda  (Upcoming)

        Street and Art Collide, Shoahaven Art Centre, Nowra NSW

        Lateral Liminal, Monday Week, Carlton

2013 Limits of Likeness, Rubicon ARI, Nth Melbourne

        Static Shift, James Makin Gallery, Collingwood

2012 Dark Matter_Dark Energy, Stockroom Gallery, Kyneton

         Confine, Dark Horse Experiment, Melbourne

         Skin : Contemporary Portrait Exhibition, Poimena Gallery, Launceston, Tasmania

         Us and Them, Dark Horse Experiment, Melbourne

2011  The Rest is Silence Death Be Kind, Brunswick

2010 Kings x Kings Kings, ARI, Melbourne

         The Outsider, Trocadero, Footscray

2009 Off The Wall, Exhibition Buildings, Carlton



Under the Radar, Australian Art Collector, June 2016

Around the Galleries, Dan Rule, The Age, Melbourne, October 3, 2015

Puny Humans. Drawings by Nicholas Ives, Self Published 2013.

The rest is silence, Death Be Kind 2009-2011, E.Richardson, C.Lambe 2011.

Welcome to Paradise, Paradise Hills Gallery 2011.



Works held in Private collections throughout Australia.