Vlase (pronounced Vlasay) Nikoleski
About the Artist
Vlase Nikoleski first came to prominence in Australia in the early seventies with a series of modernist sculptures which were marked by a rigorous abstract purity. In the decades since he has produced a large and diverse body of work. From the earliest monolithic classical modernism to complex landscape installations, his work has always been characterised by elegant simplicity of form and complete control of technical means.
Vlase makes multimedia sculptures which incorporate water, steam, sound, traditional and non-traditional sculptural media. His evocative and narrative sculpture displays a technical brilliance which derives from his passionate love of three dimensional media. In all his work, the observor’s perception and interpretation of lyricism are very important.
His most recent sculpture is the result of Vlase’s unique response to living in the Hunter Region of New South Wales, where he works full-time on sculpture from his home-based studio complex.
His career in fine art spans more than three decades of continuous creative activity in art making and up until recently, teaching sculpture at tertiary level. His sculptures are part of many private and public collections.
One of the works featured on this homepage "Fig Tree for Four Seasons" is on permanent display in Skopje at the National Gallery of Macedonia. The work “Dinner For Two”, also presented here, has evolved over four years and was the catalyst for smaller, more intimate works with their reduction of his usual use of several media to a combination of just two: bronze and stainless steel.
1985-87 Master of Arts / Visual Arts - Sculpture, City Art Institute, Sydney
1976-77 Studied Tertiary Teaching Methods, Canberra College of Advanced Education, Canberra
1974-75 Graduate Diploma of Fine Arts / Sculpture, The Victorian College of the Arts, MeIbourne, Victoria
197I-73 Diploma of Arts / Sculpture, NationaI Gallery of Victoria Art School and the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, Victoria
1970 Diploma Studies in Visual Arts, Tasmanian School of Art, Hobart, Tasmania
I966-69 Engineering studies, Bitola University, Macedonia