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Elliott Nimmo

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Elliott Nimmo’s paintings express the memory of a feeling of being in the landscape. He captures the experience of true immersion in the world, drawing on deeply personal memories, such as “Rushcutters Bay on a milky, April morning; the fields of fluorescent canola on Wiradjuri Country where I feel home; or the rolling hills shouldering the sky in lutruwita/Tasmania.” 

Elliott's paintings are process-driven. He begins with broad washes of colour which soak into the canvas, forming a substrate for painterly mark making. He embraces chance with these initial colour field stains, which reveal themselves and choose their own path. He then retakes control with the subsequent painted layers in an intuitive process of push and pull which echoes his deeply felt relationship with the environment. 

Elliott was born on Wiradjuri country in Wagga Wagga. As a child, he was constantly drawing and initially wanted to be an animator for Disney. Painting soon became his obsession and after high school he moved to Sydney to study at the National Art School. Upon completion of his Bachelor and then Master of Fine Art, he lived for a brief period in Germany before returning to Australia. There were several more moves—to Melbourne, New York and then London—before he landed in nipaluna/Hobart, where he now paints under a massive southern sky.

Elliott has been a finalist in numerous prizes including the prestigious Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, Kilgour Prize and the Archibald Prize Salon des Refusés. He has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Australia, Germany and the US. He began his association with Becker Minty in 2023. 

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