Nick Mourtzakis 'Two Words' opening at MARS Gallery 3 September

Erin Kinley | 2-Sep-2016
Nick Mourtzakis, recently selected as a finalist in the 2016 Art Gallery of NSW Archibald Prize, has an exhibition of paintings, 'Two Words' opening at MARS Gallery in Windsor on Saturday, 3 September from 3-5pm. Born in Greece in 1951, Mourtzakis came to Australia in 1954 and lives in Melbourne. An exhibiting artist since 1976, he completed a Master of Fine Art from the Victorian College of the Arts. He was awarded the Dobell Prize for Drawing in 2000 and 2006, and was a finalist in the 2009 and the 2016 Archibald Prize.
Venue: MARS
Address: 7 James Street
Date: 3-Sep-16
Time: 3-5pm
Call: 03 9521 7517
Nick Mourtzakis in his Collingwood studio Image: Fiona Hamilton
Nick Mourtzakis' exhibition 'Two Words' opens at MARS on Saturday, 3 September from 3-5pm.

"Nick Mourtzakis passionately and studiously strives for precision in his craft. His work is not confined to a specific genre of abstraction or realism, or portraiture or landscape painting. Instead, his compositions are a varied mix of studio etudes, plein air sketches and reflective self-portraits." - Owen Craven

Nick Mourtzakis (b. 1951) is a Melbourne-based artist whose practice focuses on painting and drawing. Mourtzakis brings to his practice a very finely calibrated degree of concentration and focus, a concern with materials, paint and graphite. Mourtzakis' practice is one that is deeply concern with ideas and ideas play a very important role in his work.

Mourtzakis migrated to Melbourne with his Greek family in the early 1950s and trained at the Preston Institute of Technology and Mercer House Teachers' College in the early 1970s. Having taught art continuously since 1975, his most recent post as a lecturer was at RMIT.

His first solo show was at Pinacotheca gallery in 1998. Two years later he was awarded the William Dobell Prize for Drawing from the Art Gallery of New South Wales, and also the Hellenic Distinction Award for his contribution to the arts from the Greek-Australian Association of Victoria.

In 2004 he gained a master's degree from the Victorian College of the Arts for work on cubism, which culminated in an exhibition of drawings, The Analytical Portrait. Although he is a notoriously slow worker - frustrating his former dealer, the late Georges Mora, who could not induce him to collate works for an exhibition - Mourtzakis held several solo exhibitions in mid-2005, including Slow Burn: The Art of Nick Mourtzakis at the RMIT Gallery and The Figure: Drawings by Nick Mourtzakis at MARS Gallery.

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