Installation view of Grant Nimmo’s work <em>The hall of Fernshaw (Wurundjeri land)</em> 2022 on display as part of the <em>Melbourne Now</em> exhibition at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Melbourne from 24 March – 20 August 2023.      Image: Sean Fennessy

Grant Nimmo

Grant Nimmo
(b. 1979, Melbourne. Lives and works in Melbourne)

Grant Nimmo paints landscapes from deep within the forest. Engaging with formal qualities and the sublime, his paintings sit within the Australian tradition of landscape painting, depicting the beauty of nature and suggesting darker forces at play. The work has been inspired by walks in the area; Nimmo suggests that, in fact, ‘walking is the point when the painting begins’. Nimmo grew up in the foothills of the Yarra Ranges and spent his childhood in and around Fernshaw.

The hall of Fernshaw (Wurundjeri land), 2022, depicts a wooded area near Fernshaw, a small, rural township north-east of Melbourne. Nimmo positions our view from the forest floor, where only small glints of light penetrate the dense tree canopy. Plant matter partially obscures a stone staircase that leads upwards and twists beyond the base of a large mountain ash tree. In the distance, the forest continues into darker, unknown depths, unable to be contained or fully captured in Nimmo’s frame.

Nimmo completed a Bachelor of Fine Art at Monash University in 2002. Recent solo exhibitions include those at Daine Singer (2022, 2021, 2016); Hugo Michell Gallery, Adelaide (2021); Ivan Anthony Gallery, Auckland (2021, 2019); Fort Delta, Melbourne (2018); West Space, Melbourne (2014); Chapter House Lane, Melbourne (2014); Sawtooth, Launceston (2013); Anna Pappas Gallery, Melbourne (2013, 2011, 2010); Stockroom Kyneton, Victoria (2012); Rearview Gallery, Melbourne (2010); and Evan Hughes Gallery, Sydney (2009). His work is held in collections including the National Gallery of Victoria, Gippsland Art Gallery and Artbank, as well as various private collections in Australia and overseas. Nimmo is represented by Daine Singer.