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Nikolai Kozin

Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design (BA Hons Fine Art, 2009 / 2010)


What is your favourite film of all time?

None. Film is the most manipulative medium.

What music are you currently listening to and why?

The Fall. It helps me draw.

Which living artists do you most admire and why?

I am fascinated by Anselm Kiefer, but I'm sure there are those whose work I haven't seen yet.

Which deceased artist do you most admire and why?

Those Greeks that did Fayum portraits. I wouldn't mind looking out of my coffin like that.

Which exhibition that you have visited made the greatest impact on you and why?

Kandinsky at Tate Modern. It made me want to learn to orchestrate the complexity of colours and lines.

What is the question you get asked most frequently about your work and how do you answer it?

Q. How long did it take to make it? A. Oh, a couple of evenings.

What / who inspired you to be an artist?

A blank surface.

Can you tell us about where you make your art and what if any the significance of this location is?

Currently it's my studio, but it could be any wall or desk, or kitchen table + some mental space + music.

What do you like most about being an artist?

The process of making.

What is your greatest achievement as an artist to date?

Learning to draw from imagination.

What are your plans for the coming year?

Trying a new medium - shadow picture plus an installation

Latest artwork - View all by this artist

  • IKEV
  • Cop
  • Bath
  • Kiss 2
  • Needle
  • StreetView
  • Cuhead x
  • Battle
  • Barocco
  • Back to Tiepolo 1
  • Motherland Modified
  • Kiss 1
  • Grief

Artist's statement

My normal approach is a spontaneous start with meticulous finish. I hardly ever plan what I’m going to do, just begin with gesture and rhythm and see where it takes me. Elements, like loose associations and metaphors, fit into place, as I go.

I am focused on human experience. It’s often the darker side of it - death, violence, melancholia. Sometimes it’s just abstract. I am not pursuing semblance. I often prowl in the margins of recognition, in the dark. Life is not a life drawing class - it's more than that.

I am trying to learn to see beyond an image, to get to the state of flux, to what you can see in the end of “Zabriski Point”. There’s emotion, there’s energy, there’s humour, lots of things happening at the same time, not all of them rational or even knowable.
I want to bring this out, not hide it behind a finished product.



2013 - September. Group show at the Crypt, Euston Road, London

2013 - Thin Line, group show and Tagtool performance at Lumen gallery, London

2013 - a number of group shows at Cultivate Gallery, Vyner Street, London

2012 - Survival, Group Show in Islington Arts Factory, London - murals and Tagtool performance

2011 - I Predict A Riot, a show with Lennie Lee, The Gallery, Stoke Newington, London

            Tagtool drawing performance at Manual - group show at The Others, Stoke Newington, London

2010 - England's Dreaming, group show at the Others, Stoke Newington, London

2009 - Idle Follies, Group Show in Islington Arts Factory, London
2009 - Degree Show, Central Saint Martins, London

2008 - Ludicrous, Group Show, The Gallery, London