Nicholas Tossmann’s practice investigates his experience of being a conceptual artist as part of his philosophical search of self and purpose. He explores these ideas methodically by analysing and questioning his art practice, which involves the process of researching, making and critically reflecting. Text, diagrams and mapping are utilized as a self-reflexive approach to art making, often taking the form of performance, installation and moving image. Tossmann's work offers an insight into his oscillating sense of purpose through practice. His work invites a contemplation of the expansive potential of art to question our purpose.
Tossmann graduated from QUT with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Art) and upon graduating was awarded the Eyeline Magazine Prize. Tossmann was recently awarded the Christmas commission at HOTA (Home of the Arts, Gold Coast), exhibiting text-based works across the precinct. Tossmann’s work has been exhibited in public, private and artist-run gallery spaces such as Metro Arts (Brisbane), Outerspace, Judith Wright Centre (Brisbane). He has had solo exhibitions at Wreckers Artspace (Brisbane) and The Old Lock Up (Sunshine Coast). He has also completed three residencies on the Gold Coast in the last year, at Level Up, Coolangatta and at The Walls, Ormeau and Next Gen GC at HOTA. Tossmann will be exhibiting work at Swell Sculpture Festival later on this year.