Nychos, Translucent Fear at Kolly Gallery, Zürich

WOLF HEAD, 2015
acrylic on canvas, 100 x 70 cm

ZürichArt & Culture

Under the Skin

Primal struggle is depicted in graphic detail by Austrian graffiti artist Nychos...

Fur and feathers fly in a new collection of paintings by young Austrian graffiti artist Nychos. TS Eliot once wrote of the death-obsessed playwright John Webster that he “saw the skull beneath the skin”, and it seems Nikolaus Nychos is also the sort of person who likes to delve deeply into life’s inner workings in a physical and metaphysical sense.

TRANSLUCENT LOUP

TRANSLUCENT LOUP, 2015
acrylic on canvas, 140 x 100 cm

The works reflect Nychos’s scholarly interest in anatomy — the artist has a season pass to Vienna’s Natural History Museum in order to better understand the outer form and inner workings of animals — and his single figure pieces have something of the educational diagram about them. However, when two animals meet, things get considerably more violent, visceral and dramatic as they rip and tear at each other with terrifying ferocity.

His process is fraught with tension too; the layering of bones, then background, blood vessels, nervous system and finally the application of translucent colour must all be done without error. Nychos’s work Translucent Fear is being shown at Kolly Gallery in Zürich until 22 November.

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SCREAMING FOR VENGEANCE

SCREAMING FOR VENGEANCE, 2015
acrylic on canvas, 160 x 120 cm

TRANSLUCENT FEAR

TRANSLUCENT FEAR, 2015
acrylic on canvas, 120 x 160 cm

STRIKE YOUR OWN KIND

STRIKE YOUR OWN KIND, 2015
acrylic on canvas, 120 x 160 cm

HERE COMES THE PAIN

HERE COMES THE PAIN, 2015
acrylic on canvas, 120 x 60 cm

MEN PLAY GOD’S GAME

MEN PLAY GOD’S GAME, 2015
acrylic on canvas, 140 x 100 cm

TRANSLUCENT HORSE

TRANSLUCENT HORSE, 2015
acrylic on canvas, 160 x 120 cm

EAGLE HEAD

EAGLE HEAD, 2105
acrylic on canvas, 140 x 100 cm

TRANSLUCENT COBRA

TRANSLUCENT COBRA, 2015
acrylic on canvas, 120 x 120 cm

PANTHER HEAD

PANTHER HEAD, 2015
acrylic on canvas, 60 x 60 cm

READY TO DIGEST

READY TO DIGEST, 2015
acrylic on canvas, 120 x 60 cm

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