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IntroductionNick Veasey quite literally shows us what’s beneath the surface. The British artist is a luminary in the field of artistic x-ray photography. While other artists work in studios, Nick Veasey runs a laboratory in the English county of Kent, where he produces his extraordinary pictures taking the strictest safety precautions. His goal is to reveal what is on the inside, whether technical or organic in nature. In a society of visual superficiality, beauty is too often determined by appearance alone. Veasey seeks to give us a deeper perspective, laying bare the mechanics and materials behind what surrounds us every day. His large-format projects, such as the x-ray scan of a Boeing 777, have brought him widespread attention. Throughout the course of his career, he has x-rayed somewhere in the vicinity of over 4,000 objects including plants, clothes, records, and cars.
The use of x-ray technology outside the field of medicine – for security or observation – is a conscious and deliberate theme in Veasey’s works, and he approaches it with a subversive, satirical edge. The images in his Bags series reveal spicy secrets from the private lives of the titular accessories’ imaginary owners. The unique x-ray aesthetic sets delicate details and internal structures apart from their surroundings and never ceases to amaze us. Veasey opens our eyes to what lies beneath, allowing us to experience another level of perception.
1962 Born in London, UK Lives and works in Maidstone, UKCollections
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, USA Natural History Museum at Tring, Tring, UK Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK German X-Ray Museum, Remscheid, GermanyExhibitions
2014 Guns n Roses – Nick Veasey X-Ray, Galerie Frangulyan, Paris, France 2013 The X-Man, Bluerider Art, Taipei, Taiwan 2012 Nick Veasey – X-Ray, Brucie Collections, Kiev, Ukraine Nick Veasey – From Rocks and Reefs…, Joseph Bellows Gallery, La Jolla, USA 2010 Nick Veasey – X-Ray, Galeria Tagomago, Barcelona, Spain 2009 Nick Veasey, Maddox Arts, London, UK
2014 It’s Only Human, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams, USA 2013 Auf Schritt und Tritt – Schuhwerk in Kunst und Design, Museum Villa Rot, Burgrieden, Germany 2011 British Photography, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK 2009 Summer Show 2009, Maddox Arts, London, UK 2005 Best of Show, Farmani Gallery, Los Angeles, USA