Mike Nelson RA
Born: 1968, Loughborough
Elected RA: May 2013
Category of Membership: Sculptor
Mike Nelson, '408 tons of imperfect geometry', 2012. Installation view at Malmö Konsthall, Malmö, Sweden. Photograph by the artist. Image courtesy the artist; 303 Gallery, New York; Galleria Franco Noero, Turin; Matt's Gallery, London; and neugerriemschneider, Berlin. Mike Nelson studied at Reading University (1986-90) and Chelsea College of Art and Design (1992 - 93).
A sculptor and installation artist, he is known for complex, site-specific constructions that disrupt and overwhelm their locations. Made from a wide range of objects and materials, they are full of cultural and subcultural references.
Whilst his work is stylistically aligned to the installations of Edward & Nancy Kienholz, its symbolic nature links it to the gendered and politicised installations of the 1980s and 1990s by artists such as Ann Hamilton and Ilya Kabakov.
He represented Britain at the Venice Biennale in 2011 and has twice been nominated for the Turner Prize (2001 and 2007).
Mike Nelson is represented by 303 Gallery, New York; Galleria Franco Noero, Turin; Matt's Gallery, London; and neugerriemschneider, Berlin.
Recent solo exhibitions
2011 British Pavillion, Venice
2010 303 Gallery, New York
2009 Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin
Galleria Franco Noero, Turin, Italy
2007 Australian Center for Contemporary Art, Melbourne
2006 Centre d’Art Santa Monica, Barcelona
Matt’s Gallery, London
2005 The British School at Rome, Italy
Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland
2004 CCAC Institute, San Francisco
2001 Institute of Contemporary Art, London
2000 Matt’s Gallery, London
1999 Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin
Collective Gallery, Edinburgh
1997 Galerie im KunstlerHaus, Bremen, Germany
1996 Academia de Arta, Bucharest, Romania
1995 Hales Gallery, London
Arts Council Collection
Hayward Gallery, London
Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
Renne Collection, Vancouver, Canada
Tate Collection, London
Zabludowicz Collection, London