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'once upon a time'

Landscapes by
Christian Nicolson

Exhibition December 8 - 16

Christian Nicolson has always been one to push the creative envelope. A free spirit from an early age, Christian has challenged conventional arts practice and theory by refusing to conform to what is expected of an artist living and working in New Zealand. Perhaps it is because of this rebelliousness that his works continue to appeal to young and old, corporate and household. This is a short pop-up exhibition showcasing Christian's love of, and proficiency at , painting the landscapes of his home country New Zealand.
'The name of the exhibition is 'once upon a time'. It is essentially a landscape exhibition of painting from my area. My stomping ground. I could go a bit further as I am often up the far north but I chose the greater Auckland and the Coromadel. Each place has it's history and stories that go with it. And has it's place in the journey of my life to date.'

This exhibition is a pop-up show and it closes on Sunday December 16 at 5pm.

Christian Nicolson nz landscape artist, mangawhai, acrylic on board
Mangawhai Hills
'Mangawhai Bar used to be the most amazing left hander... before Cyclone Bola in 1987. Now it's a pretty good right.
But I don't go there much anymore. Too many people in baches that are much bigger than my house.'
Acrylic on Board (framed) Size: 190cm x 100cm Enquire Now
Christian Nicolson nz abstract landscape artist, long bay north, acrylic on board
Long Bay North
'If you're looking for a good nudist beach then there are not too many options. It's not official but to a degree is accepted that Third bay
is a nudey beach. Though if you're thinking you will see a nice pair of white pointers think again. A 70-year old male if your lucky.
Usually harmless but easily startled if you surprise them in the bushes.

Acrylic on Board (framed) Size: 171cm x 122cm Enquire Now
Christian Nicolson nz abstract landscape artist
Piha Landscape
'Piha was and still is an awesome place to explore and play as kids. I spent hours and days there waiting for Paul to come in from the surf. Hoping for the elusive ice block treat. My brother Jess had spent so much time there on his own that he knew the shop people by name and sometimes could swindle some free lollies. The river, the rock, the dunes were all places for adventure on the hot, hot black sand.'
Acrylic on Board plus resin finish (framed) Size: 240cm x 120cm $12000 Enquire Now
Christian Nicolson nz landscape artist, pakiri
Pakiri
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Christian Nicolson nz landscape art, abstract paintings, Pakiri
The banks are looking good - Pakiri
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Christian Nicolson abstract art, omaha, acrylic
Omaha
'The break at Ti Point was one of the best in the country - until they built the groin. That's progress. Ahh life before baches.'
Acrylic on Board plus resin finish(framed) Size: 240cm x 120cm Enquire Now
Christian Nicolson nz abstract artist, beach
I went to the beach with Batman and Robin
'So I went to Los Angeles and when I went to the beach I was surprised to see nobody famous there. What's the story.
I imagine it was different in the 60s maybe.'
Acrylic on Board plus resin finish (framed) Size: 155cm x 82cm Enquire Now
Christian Nicolson nz landscape artist, karekare
Karekare 1
'I had a picnic here with a friend and determined to impress I decided to put the breadmaker on and have fresh bread when we got there.
I half cooked it then brought it into my car and plugged it in to my trusty power converter. Well the thought was there. I didn't cook the bread, instead just blew a fuse. But you have to try these things sometimes and now I know. A breadmaker won't work inside a car.
And so also do you. We had a nice picnic all the same.'
Acrylic on Board (framed) Size: 120cm x 120cm Enquire Now
Christian Nicolson nz abstract landscape paintings
Girl in Blue Bikini
'I used to come camping here every year with my mum and brother. It was awesome. Well it was on the estuary side at the campground but that was fun. Aunty Linda always had a tent that was like a hotel with different rooms, a broom and even a fridge.  We had a 3 person tent out the back and Jess snored. But man it was fun. We went surfing every day and searched for girls. Being a teenager is so much fun.' 
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Christian Nicolson nz abstract landscape artist, long bay
Long bay 1969
'Back in the day, in 1968, everyone surfed. That's how my mother met my father (apparently). The same big storm that took out the
famous Wahine ferry also produced one of the biggest swells in history for the North Shore. When Browns Bay broke a perfect 4 foot
off the southern reef all the way to the beach. Never to be repeated I might add. I have checked. But this is Long Bay.
That's my favourite stomping ground for surf when it's on.'
 
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Christian Nicolson nz landscape artist, waiake beach
Waiake
'I love Waiake beach. It is one of the coolest beaches in the world. I was down here with or without my friends and parents from the age of 6. Things were a bit looser in those days and a kid learned the rules faster than they do now. But beware. To try to tackle the island (sugarloaf we called it) was a very treacherous activity. I remember being stuck half way up, half way down for 25 minutes unable to move at all.
I eventually did but now days they have a rope and it's quite easy to get up. Another piece of advice. If you decide to go up the island and partake in romantic activities thinking you are well out of everyones reach. Pull the rope up first or you may get caught by three merry
teenagers looking for a view. Just saying'. 

Acrylic on Board plus resin finish (framed) Size: 120cm x 90cm $4500 Enquire Now
Christian Nicolson nz abstract landscape art, hotwater beach
Hot Water Beach 1- Coromandel
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Christian Nicolson nz abstract landscape artist, opoutere north, acrylic on board
A lone walk Opoutere
'I don't think I have ever had an awesome surf at Opoutere but its still a lovely place to go surfing. It remains relatively unchanged over the years except you used to be able to free camp in the car park. To get to the beach you have to walk a good 10 minutes through the pine trees to see the ocean. When you do, you will often find you are the only ones there. It's a beautiful beach. Just beautiful. Although I may well have been the one running into the water with my surfboard at this point in time I am infact seen way in the background running naked into the waves. It's good to get 'cheeky' when the mood takes you. I love a good nudey run.'
Acrylic on Board plus resin finish (framed) Size: 120cm x 80cm $4200 Sold Enquire Now
Christian Nicolson nz landscape artist, karekare

Karekare 2
'Karekare beach is one of the most dramatic and majestic beaches I know. Just standing there looking at it I feel a wealth of stories building.
I can't help but take photos, and want to draw, paint and film there. It is truly inspiring. But although I have been there many times,
filmed there many times, surfed there and just visited, I don't really have any stories I need to tell about this place today.'
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Christian Nicolson nz abstract landscape art, whnagapoua coromandel
Whangapoua - Coromandel
"This is the next morning just before dawn.
I have only been to Whangapoua beach once. My friend Tae and I were on a boys surfing trip down the coromandel. It was awesome fun.
On the day we arrived we went around the corner to a special beach called New Chums and saw some fully naked girls. Yup. Fully.
Then back at the main beach I met a girl in a bikini playing in the waves. I did some wiggly hero moves on my surfboard to impress her
and it must have worked just enough cause she smiled at me alot. I said smiled not laughed. I found her later that night sitting by a bonfire
with some locals. We had alot of fun that night. All the same I decided to leave before dawn. Better to make a clean exit sometimes.
Anyway the surf was pumping at Hot Water beach." 
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Christian Nicolson nz abstract landscape, te arai
Te Arai
'I have a specific memory of a evening after school on a Friday surfing well on a right hander at Te Arai point. The surf was a nice crisp 3-4 foot and offshore and the sun gently dripped down bedding heavy behind (I borrowed that from a Duran Duran song) leaving that beautiful pink
(not seen here) in the sky which you get on the east coast sunset. I have surfed there many times and made many after school trips when
I was growing up but there is always one memory that sums it all up. Those seemed to be the days when I had the space in my head to just hang out and go surfing all day only to do the same again the next. Ahh what a dream.'
Acrylic on Board plus resin finish (framed) Size: 200cm x 80cm Enquire Now
Christian Nicolson nz abstract landscape art, lion rock
Lion Rock - Piha
'I love Piha. I would really love to have a bach there. My parents were going to buy a house here. It was an old one that overlooked the beach,
a minutes walk from the water with a massive section. But they didn't. Imagine what that would be worth now.
And imagine how good at surfing I would be.' 
Acrylic on Board (framed) Size: 240cm x 120cm $9800 Enquire Now
Christian Nicolson landscape art
I lost my Moa in the bush - Karekare
'It is believed that dinosaurs still exist in a small pocket in the bush surrounding Karekare. Or so I am told. Not far from here is Karekare falls.
I was filming a scene in a movie here and wanted to drop a dummy off the top of the waterfall. I went on a mission in the bush dragging a
heavy dummy followed by a German woofer. I lost the woofer and continued on alone, following the river downstream to what I was sure would eventually lead me to the top of the falls. After nearly an hour and a series of ever larger cascades, I decided to abandon the mission, in favour of getting home in time for dinner. I could feel that otherwise I would end up on the 6 o'clock news having to be rescued by a helicopter.
Luckily the German woofer was there waiting for me when I returned. The camera crew down the bottom were relived to see us too.
We did shoot the scene but I found a different waterfall that was much easier to get to the top.'

Acrylic on Board plus resin finish (framed) Size: 249cm x 125cm Enquire Now
Christian Nicolson abstract artist
Storm Surfer
'Carefull not to swallow. I just love a good Takapuna stormy.' 
Acrylic on Board plus resin finish (framed) Size: 55cm x 90cm $1800 Enquire Now
Christian Nicolson nz abstract artist, my stomping ground
My stomping ground (as seen from the eyes of a flying Octopus)
'For those who are wondering what this is and how it fits into a landscape exhibition I challenge you to work it out.
If you are not willing to take the challenge then I will tell you. This is my stomping ground and illustrates the area of which this
exhibition is about. From the coromandel to the northern parts of Rodney. Like the title says, its a view from a flying octopus.
If you imagine an octopus in the air you will have it.'
Acrylic on Canvas Size: 121cm x 91cm Enquire Now
Christian Nicolson nz abstract landscape art, murrays bay, acrylic on board
Murrays Bay Bomb Zone
'Bombs away. Everybody should jump off the wharf at some point.
Or a jetty or something anyway. Hmmm. I think it's time I took my kids there.' 

Acrylic on Board (framed) Size: 120cm x 60cm Enquire Now
Christian Nicolson nz asbtract landscape artist, hot water beach, coromandel

Hot Water Beach - Coromandel
'Hot Water beach is one of my favourite beaches in the world. Where else can you dig a bath in the sand and sit around chatting to half-naked people in the sun. Once I went there at night and jumped into a readymade hole someone else had dug. It was so awesome, sitting there under the stars having a beer in a hot bath on the beach.'
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Christian Nicolson nz abstract landscape artist
Parked Up - checking the surf
'Driving to the beach the road is often long and dusty. As a kid i would be stiing in the back waiting for the journey to come to an end.
Often car sick or hungry,  the rides always seemed to go on for ever. Then when we did arrive this didn't mean we were going to stay.
After bounding out of the car and attacking the sand dunes with wild abandon, we would often get reeled back in the wagon to go and check
the next beach only to end up back where we started. We eventually settled and spent a fun time on the beach while my dad surfed.
Then maybe on the way home we would check one last break at the lower tide. We were all paying the wind would change so we could get
home to bed.Such is the nature of surfing. Thats how I grew up. Now my kids get the same. Haha.' 
Acrylic on Canvas plus resin finish (framed) Size: 79cm x 79cm $1200 Enquire Now


Also view
See also Christian's other work
See Christian's previous exhibition "Little Warrior 2" 2008

Click here for Christian's exhibition "Video killed the radio star " October 31 2009
Click here for Christian's previous exhibition "Bionic Boy " October 2010
Click here for Christian's previous exhibition "1987" October 2011
Click here for Christian's latest exhibition "My low budget universe" December 2012

Click here for Christian's exhibition "I Love Summer" Jan 2014

Click here for Christian's exhibition "A man's gotta do " Jan 2015
Click here for Christian's exhibition "By the 3 moons of Xenon " Jan 2016
Click here for Christian's exhibition "Flower Power " Jan 2017

Christian Nicolson
New Zealand Contemporary and Abstract artist, Pop artist

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