The semblance of things: portraits by Nick Stathopoulos
4 February – 2 April 2023
The semblance of things is a comprehensive survey of Nick Stathopoulos’ portraits from the past 30 years documenting the evolution of his hyper-real style. The artist delves beneath the painted surface to reveal psychological insights into the subject, beyond the superficial likeness often expected of portraiture. As well as the curated selection of portraits, the exhibition includes archival photographs, sketchbooks, and video clips. Subjects include celebrities Isla Fisher, David Stratton, Barry Crocker, Shaun Tan, Grahame Bond (Aunty Jack), Mr. Squiggle, and many more. This is the first time these portraits have been exhibited together, with works ranging in scale from the blockbuster Archibald finalists to more intimate and personal work.
A Blue Mountains City Art Gallery exhibition
Image: Nick Stathopoulos (left to right)
Deng (detail) 2016, acrylic & oil glaze on canvas, 138 x 138 cm. Image courtesy Art Gallery of NSW
Jenny (detail) 2015, acrylic & oil glaze on canvas, 138 x 138 cm. Image courtesy the artist
The white shirt – portrait of Tané Andrews (detail) 2021, acrylic & oil on poly-cotton, 153 x 80 cm. Image courtesy Art Gallery of NSW