Jonny Niesche

Jonny Niesche

Jonny Niesche (b. 1972, Sydney) has long worked with the intrinsic relationship between colour, form and light to produce formal and optically charged works that challenge our perception of space. Employing a range of materials that each perform differently with light, Niesche’s beguiling compositions offer shifting, sensory experiences conducted by subtle acts of reflection, transparency and movement, which bring together the cheerful dissonance of psychedelia and the formal concerns of high modernism.

Niesche has exhibited nationally and internationally in major institutions. Notable group exhibitions include Superposition of three types, Artspace, Sydney (2017); Shut up and Paint, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2016); Painting. More Painting, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), Melbourne (2016). Solo exhibitions include Blush, Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney (2019), and New Jörg, New Jörg, New Jörg Kunstverein, Vienna (2016). In 2018, Niesche was commissioned to produce a spectacular light projection for the facade of the Musuem of Contemporary Art as part of Vivid, Sydney. In 2014, he was the recipient of the Fauvette Loureiro Memorial Artists Travel Scholarship from Sydney University. Niesche’s work is held in many private and public collections, including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; and the Museum of New and Old Art (MONA), Hobart.

Selected works

    It glides amongst them as though it knows them

    Jonny Niesche

    It glides amongst them as though it knows them 2019

    San Jacinto

    Jonny Niesche

    San Jacinto 2021

    Harping on about structural unity and the law of vegetative bending

    Jonny Niesche

    Harping on about structural unity and the law of vegetative bending 2018

    Lunar Frequency

    Jonny Niesche

    Lunar Frequency 2021


  • Fairlight

    Jonny Niesche


    16 October - November 13, 2021

  • Almost


    Maria CruzJulie FragarMatthys GerberChristopher HanrahanLucina LaneTodd McMillanSarah MoscaJonny NiescheJohn NixonJan van der PloegElizabeth PulieKoji RyuiGemma SmithNicola SmithJelena TeleckiBrendan Van HekOliver Wagner

    10 September - October 9, 2021



    John ArmlederSimon BarneyMaria CruzJulie FragarSarah MoscaOlivier MossetJonny NiescheGemma SmithJelena TeleckiOliver WagnerBrendan Van HekJan van der Ploeg

    25 November - December 19, 2020



    Maria CruzAnthony JohnsonLucina LaneTodd McMillanSarah MoscaJonny NiescheHuseyin SamiTony SchwensenGemma SmithNicola SmithJelena TeleckiBrendan Van Hek

    21 May - June 20, 2020

  • Sydney Contemporary

    Sydney Contemporary

    Gemma SmithJonny NiescheOliver WagnerMaria CruzHuseyin SamiLucina LaneAnthony JohnsonTodd McMillan

    12 - September 15, 2019

  • Blush

    Jonny Niesche


    7 September - October 5, 2019

  • Silver Jubilee

    Silver Jubilee

    Julie FragarMatthys GerberTodd McMillanChristopher HanrahanSarah MoscaJonny NiescheJohn NixonElizabeth PulieKoji RyuiHuseyin SamiTony SchwensenGemma SmithJohn SpiteriBrendan Van Hek

    2 May - June 15, 2019

  • Sydney Contemporary 2018

    Sydney Contemporary 2018

    Gemma SmithJonny NiescheTodd McMillanOliver WagnerHuseyin SamiJohn NixonMaria CruzDavid HainesChristopher Hanrahan

    13 - September 16, 2018

  • Auckland Art Fair

    Jonny Niesche

    Auckland Art Fair

    23 - May 27, 2018



    Maria CruzMatthys GerberBrendan Van HekJonny NiescheJohn NixonAndreas Reiter Raabe & Franz WestOliver WagnerJonathan Zawada

    17 May - June 16, 2018

  • Group Show 36

    Group Show 36

    Matthys GerberJonny NiescheJohn NixonChristopher HanrahanTodd McMillan

    18 November - December 16, 2017

  • Sydney Contemporary

    Sydney Contemporary

    Esther StewartJonny NiescheJamie NorthGemma SmithKoji Ryui

    6 - September 10, 2017

  • Love light

    Jonny Niesche

    Love light

    20 April - May 20, 2017

  • little league

    little league

    Matt HinkleyJohn NixonJulie FragarJonny NiescheJohn SpiteriJohn NicholsonKoji RyuiMaria CruzGemma SmithHuseyin SamiTodd McMillanJan van der Ploeg

    19 January - February 4, 2017

  • Spring 1883

    Spring 1883

    Gemma SmithBrendan Van HekSarah MoscaJoyce HinterdingJonny NiescheMatthys GerberEsther StewartChristopher HanrahanNicola Smith

    17 - August 21, 2016

  • Another Green World

    Another Green World

    Jamie NorthGemma SmithAndreas Reiter RaabeSandra SeligSarah MoscaMatthys GerberJack Lanagan DunbarJonny NiescheOlivier MossetMaria CruzKoji RyuiJulie FragarBrendan Van Hek

    4 August - September 3, 2016

  • Matthys Gerber presents: TELEVISION

    Matthys Gerber presents: TELEVISION

    Consuelo CavanigliaJonny NiescheWill Cooke Oscar YanezCamille ThilloyAndré HemerDaniel HollierRachel ScottBiljana JancicSuzy Faiz

    6 - November 29, 2014