Nadine Christensen: Around

24 NOVEMBER 2023 – 7 APRIL 2024

Embrace the friction of the everyday and celebrate the tangle of art and life.

Around is the first major survey of Melbourne-based artist Nadine Christensen, bringing together over 70 works spanning two decades of her practice, alongside ambitious new commissions. This exhibition reveals Christensen’s long engagement with the everyday, celebrating the inextricable tangle of art and life.

At the core of Christensen’s work is a deep commitment to painting, and a consideration of its complex legacy and enduring nature. Constantly re-evaluating the medium and pushing it’s spatial and perceptual limits, she experiments with the physicality of paint and the endless ways it can be applied. Christensen’s paintings chart a perpetual motion through art and life as she negotiates her immediate environment – studio, home, neighbourhood, work and back again, gathering objects and ideas.

A cyclical energy runs through Christensen’s practice – one work leads to another as she looks back to an element in an earlier painting, then re-applies, recontextualises or re-examines it from a new angle to reveal other possibilities. For Christensen, this circularity is not smooth but subject to disruptions both accidental and intentional. The work demands a capacity for both pleasure and discomfort – mirroring life itself as an accumulation of experiences, that change how one sees and feels.

Curated by Samantha Comte, Senior Curator, Art Museums, the University of Melbourne.

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Wednesday – Sunday
11am – 5pm


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“The museum is propping up the car, or is the art propping up the museum? This idea of what’s behind the paintings, what’s around the paintings – it all goes back to ‘around’.”

Watch the interview with Nadine Christensen to hear directly from the artist about the creation of this exhibition and the endless circularity of her painting practice.


Exhibition Catalogue

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The artist’s first monograph offers new insights into Christensen’s creative life and evolution through texts by Rosemary Forde, Jennifer Higgie and a poem by Masato Takasaka and Errol John Kidd.

Self-guided walks

Nadine Christensen’s practice is in perpetual motion around her neighbourhood: from home to studio, to work and back again, gleaning the incidental and overlooked from her immediate environment. Take these tours to explore Buxton Contemporary’s surrounds.

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Nadine Christensen is represented by Sarah Scout Presents, Melbourne.


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This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through Creative Australia, its principal arts investment and advisory body.


Image credit: Nadine Christensen, Up all night, 2023, acrylic on board, Courtesy of the artist and Sarah Scout Presents, Melbourne. Photo: Christian Capurro