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Nick Waplington - Brighton Photo Biennial 2014

It is my reasoning and understanding that art practice should engage with the world in which we live, I consider art as a calling not a vocation and have been lucky enough to have spent the last 30 years making art full time. It is my goal to deal with the issues and complexities of the contemporary world by using a mixture of different artistic endeavors while keeping photography at the centre of my practice.

I come from Steyning, West Sussex and attended Worthing Art College after which I traveled globally for many years working on various art and photographic projects. My work has appeared in both solo and group exhibitions in a variety of venues including Brooklyn Museum, New York (2014), Cock ‘n’ Bull Gallery, London (2012), The Spaceship, Tel Aviv (2010), ICA, London (2007), Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (2007), White Space Gallery, London (2006), Biennale de Quebec (2004), 49th International Art Exhibition Venice Biennale (2001) among others. I have produced 18 Monographs, including most recently, Settlement (Mack Books, 2014), Alexander McQueen, Working Process (Diamini Press, 2014), Surf Riot (Little Big Man Books, 2011) right back to the first one I produced and became known for, Living Room (Aperture, 1991). My work features in a number of Public Collections including Guggenheim Art Gallery in New York, Museum of Modern Art in New York, National Gallery of Australia in Canberra, Biblioteque Nationale in Paris, Victoria and Albert Museum in London, National Museum of Film, Photography and Television in Bradford, Government Art Collection in London among others. In February 2015 I’ll be the first photographer to have a one person show in the main exhibition space at Tate Britain.

I currently live between London and New York but will be living with my family back in Steyning for the summer while I undertake the One Planet Living commission. I am also a life long supporter of the Albion and was at both matches at Wembley in 1983.

“Concept before style is the basis of my approach to photography. Once I know what I want to say or at least have the basis of an idea I then work out how I am going to make the work. My approach is open and anything is possible. I am making photography from an artistic standpoint rather than trying to create a visual style for which I become known.”