Nigel Sense

Going Troppo: The Darwin Years

10 December 2022 – 29 January 2023

Opening | Saturday 1o December 3 – 5 pm

Nigel States;

“This exhibition is dripping wet with 90% humidity, the taste of a cold beer on a hot sticky day. That sound of heavy rain that turns everything white, oh damn the wet has arrived early this year. Talk of crocodiles sightings, swag’s and weekend rodeos. Where cars are big and personalities even bigger. A sense that somehow it’s still the 1980s you’re young and it’s time to go out and have some fucking fun after all it’s Darwin”.

Fox Galleries is pleased to announce this year’s final exhibition of 2022 with Nigel Sense ‘Going Troppo: The Darwin Years’. This exhibition follows from his first recent institutional show at The Northern Centre for Contemporary Art, and his departure from Darwin.

Sense has always been somewhat of a nomadic traveller, therefore ‘Going Troppo’ was always going to be in the future for this Wollongong-born artist. His distinctive neo pop style is compatible with the shapes and images he uses to tell his story. Moving from large scale-canvas’ to spontaneous expressions on paper bags, tea towels and other nostalgic paraphilia.

Currently in South East Asia, Nigel Sense new works are characterised by the use of vivid colours; looping lines, tracks and arrows that pulls the viewer’s eye to different corners of the canvas; and goofy, grinning characters– human and not-so-human – that complete the narrative arc of these snapshots of the everyday with its joys, energies and interconnectedness.

Sense has an uncanny way of placing you in the middle of a dystopian drama filled with gobstoppers and time travelling motion machines. Just as Takashi Murakami is synonymous for adapting aesthetics and Japanese culture within his popular culture references – Sense imbues a little piece of Australia, a childhood of culture and the curious escapades of a receptive painter who wants to understand and connect with the world around him.


has exhibited his work in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout Australia and in Sri Lanka. In 2009 Sense was exhibited as part of the inaugural Colombo Art Biennale, and invited again in 2012. His award winning first Sydney solo exhibition titled I Work With Tools was held at Sheffer Gallery in September 2012. In the intervening years, Sense’s unique and dynamic style has garnered great attention and success, with the artist being commissioned by Porsche in 2021 to create a custom livery for the Taycan in celebration of the German auto manufacturer’s 70th anniversary in Australia. Sense’s first institutional solo show is to be held in 2022 at the National Centre of Contemporary Art (NCCA) in Darwi

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