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Nick Waplington: Superstar Photographer & Abstract Painter

Nick Waplington

Nick Waplington is a British artist and photographer based between London and New York City. For the past three decades he has forged his career primarily as a photographer, and was the first living British artist to have a solo photography show at the Tate Modern in 2015. The major exhibition showcased at the Tate was the result of a unique collaboration between Nick Waplington and the acclaimed fashion designer Alexander McQueen (1969 – 2010) called Working Process (2013).

Providing a rare behind-the-scenes look into one of fashion’s most innovative and celebrated names, Waplington’s photographs capture the creative journey of McQueen’s final Autumn/Winter collection, Horn of Plentyin 2009. The critically acclaimed collection was an iconoclastic retrospective of McQueen’s career in fashion, reusing silhouettes and fabrics from his earlier collections, and creating a catwalk set out of discarded elements from the sets of his past shows. 

Nick Waplington, Untitled, 2008-2009

Waplington’s photographs reveal a raw and unpolished side of the fashion world. Candid images of McQueen’s working process are juxtaposed with rigorously produced photographs of recycling plants and landfills to create a powerful commentary on destruction and creative renewal – themes at the heart of the Horn of Plenty collection. 

Furthermore, Gucci enlisted Waplington to document its magical Resort 2017 show, which took place inside the Cloisters at Westminster Abbey in June 2016. The results have been compiled into a new limited edition publication called Blind for Love, published by Assouline. 

Creative director Alessandro Michele puts the finishing touches to an outfit. (Photo by Nick Waplington)

Waplington first began painting in 1995, and it developed in 2007, whilst he was completing a long-term photography project in Israel. After taking photographs outside all day, he found he had the time and a favourable environment for painting. In contrast to his photographs, which were outward looking, the paintings were abstract and coming from his internal state of mind as a reaction to the contemporary world around him. 

Waplington’s influences have stemmed from many things: his surroundings, online porn, the Internet, music, political chaos and contradictions of daily life. They are all very much of the present, the here and now. As he says, “I am seeking and searching constantly. People ask me what I find interesting, and the answer is everything.” He is curious about mixing the high with the low, and what that says about society. 

Waplington makes a conscious choice to make it deliberately difficult to perceive order. He explains, “My paintings deal with this inner world, whereas my photographic works deal with the world around me.” 

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Enargeia by Nick Waplington (2016)

Acrylic on Canvas

120 x 150 cm

 

A Vertical Answer to a Horizontal Question

by Nick Waplington (2016)

Acrylic on Canvas

120 x 150 cm

 

Open At the Back and Hit on the Counter 

by Nick Waplington (2016)

Acrylic on Canvas

120 x 150 cm 

 

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