Nick Gentry

(b. 1980)

Nicholas James Gentry is a British artist from London. Much of his artistic output has been generated with the use of contributed artefacts and materials.

He studied art at Ridge Street School of Art & Design and at the University of Hertfordshire. He then went to Liverpool College of Art before successfully graduating from Central Saint Martins in London in 2006.

Drawing on recycled and obsolete technological materials as the grounds for his paintings, Nick Gentry creates a conversation between digital and analogue processes. He constructs his painting supports out of materials such as 35mm film negatives, VHS cassettes, X-ray prints, and floppy discs.“These objects are no longer in the spotlight,” he says “but by placing them there for a second it becomes easier to comprehend the speed and extent of the changes that are taking place today.”

Nick Gentry’s materials are sourced directly from members of the public in a ‘social art’ project. This open working practice is a fundamental starting point of each of his new works and allows for shared histories to become part of a collective identity. The rigorous conceptual basis of this work explores the areas where reality meets illusion, while drawing on references from consumer waste, pop culture and found art. Known for his portraits and installations that treat the human form not as a subject in itself, but rather as the vehicle to carry the medium, Gentry questions the fundamental relationship of the human being to both our created world and what we call reality.

Nick Gentry's works have been featured in galleries in the United Kingdom and the USA and in cities throughout the world. He has exhibited alongside established contemporary artists such as Mark Quinn, Damien Hirst, and Tracey Emin and also with notable street artists, such as Banksy, Shepard Fairey and Blek le Rat.

In 2011, journalist Sydney Edelist from the Huffington Post Arts said about Nick Gentry: "His paintings are at once archaeological and haunting... a social art project that turns form and function inside out”. 

  • BritARTnia

    BritARTnia

    London

    November 23, 2016 - December 08, 2016

  • The Assembly, cumulative practices in Contemporary art

    The Assembly, cumulative practices in Contemporary art

    Hong Kong

    November 18, 2016 - December 05, 2016

  • Urban Art

    Urban Art

    Singapore

    January 15, 2015 - February 08, 2015

  • Urban Renewal

    Urban Renewal

    Hong Kong

    March 07, 2014 - March 28, 2014

  • The many faces of David Bowie

    The many faces of David Bowie

    London

    June 21, 2013 - August 31, 2013

  • Urban Masters - Pop-up exhibition

    Urban Masters - Pop-up exhibition

    London

    November 09, 2012 - November 18, 2012