My work occupies a space where sculpture, painting, design and craft overlap.

This recent work shows a dialogue among media where forms are translated from sculpture into painting and vice-versa. Ornament and surface design become the subjects of works that draw upon antique motifs from undervalued practices such as decorative painting or stained glass design and recall early Modern experiments with color and form and the doubling and refracting effects of light through windows or images in mirrors.

Ceramics has become important to my practice because it offers a medium that expresses an immediacy of touch analogous to the marks in painting and drawing while also connecting to a long historical tradition. The inherent tension between a form and its surface design means that the work actively defies the traditional roles of its medium and operates as a sculpture on one hand and a painting on the other.

My work is driven by a fascination with the life of form, the nature of creation and the will to decorate. The true creation, the art, lies in the transcendence of those parts into an animate whole.

Solo Exhibitions

2019  Nicholas Nyland, Linda Hodges Gallery, Seattle, WA

2018  Surface Tension, Bradley University, Peoria, IL

2018  Reliquary, FEAST, Tacoma, WA

2017  Nicholas Nyland, Linda Hodges Gallery, Seattle, WA

2016  Nicholas Nyland - New Work, SOIL, Seattle, WA

2012  A Thing In Itself, Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2012  Physical Speculations on a Future State, Prole Drift, Seattle, WA

2012  Violet Strays (online exhibition June 15-21)

2012  Decoys, Backspace, Peoria, IL

2010  The Problem of Universals, SOIL Gallery, Seattle, WA

2010  In the Garden, Telephone Room Gallery, Tacoma, WA

2009  Nowhere, Anywhere, Everywhere, OHGE Ltd., Seattle, WA

2009  Objects of the Mind, Mineral, Tacoma, WA

2008  Ceramics, SOIL Gallery, Seattle, WA

Group Exhibitions

2019  Patient, Gallery DA DA DA, Seattle, WA

2019  Yellow, Specialist Gallery, Seattle, WA

2019  Encompass, a collaborative installation with Elise Richman, 950 Gallery, Tacoma, WA

2019  Inquiry, DAAP Galleries, Univ of Cincinnati, OH

2018  Luke Armistead and Nicholas Nyland at Ash St Project, Portland, OR

2018  MOOD GOOD ROOM, Gallery DA DA DA, Seattle, WA

2018  SOIL at Spring Break Art Fair, NY

2017  Forever 22 +, The Specialist, Seattle, WA

2017  F(L)AT, TSA and Napoleon Galleries, Philadelphia, PA

2017  Now Burning, Border Patrol Gallery, Portland, ME

2016  Nicholas Nyland and Angelica Yudasto, Ash Street Project, Portland, OR

2015  JUGS, Alice Gallery, Seattle, WA

2015  Good Neighbor, Hedreen Gallery at Seattle University, WA

2015  Bellingham Annual, Whatcom Museum of Art, Bellingham, WA

2015  Bed, Bath and Between, SOIL, Seattle, WA

2014  Generis 01b: Community Association in conjunction with Exchange Rates, Brooklyn, NY

2013  SML, James Harris Gallery, Seattle, WA

2013  Contemporary Northwest Art Awards Exhibition, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR

2012  Four Approaches, Pulliam Gallery, Portland OR

2012 Pots and Other Things, Cupcake Royale, Seattle, WA

2011  Three Abstractionists, Jack Davidson, Nicholas Nyland and James Boulton, Pulliam Gallery, Portland, OR

2011  An Empty Vase, Prole Drift Gallery, Seattle, WA

2011  Scattershot, Eastern Washington University Gallery of Art, Cheney, WA

2010  BAM Biennial 2010: Clay Throwdown!, Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA

2010  From the Inside Out, with Heather Brammeier, Heuser Art Center, Peoria, IL

2010  Champagne Truffles, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA 

2010  Search for Landscapes, SOIL Gallery, Seattle, WA

2010  Clay? III, Kirkland Art Center, Kirkland, WA 

2009  Hello, The Telephone Room, Tacoma, WA

2008  Painting Pink Pajamas, Contemporary Art Center, Peoria, IL

2008  The Prom; A Semi-Formal Survey of Semi-Formal Painting, Lawrimore Project, Seattle, WA

2008  This is a Time Machine, with Ellen Ito, the Helm Gallery, Tacoma, WA

2007  8th Northwest Biennial, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA

2006  Drawings, Dessins, Zeichnungen, Basil Halward Gallery, Portland, OR

2005  BaseCamp, juried by Laura Matzer, Enumclaw, WA

2004  Induction, SOIL Gallery, Seattle

2003  Living Room: Issues of Taste and the Politics of Decoration, Storefront 1838, New York, NY

2002 2002 M.F.A Thesis Exhibition, the Power Plant, Philadelphia


2002  M.F.A. University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia 

1999  B.F.A. University of Washington, Seattle

Public Projects

2015  Denny Hedgerow, ALL RISE, Seattle

2011  On Site: Summer Projects, Seattle Art Museum - Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle, WA

2005 Surge, Tacoma Contemporary Urban Art Installations in the Woolworth Windows, Tacoma, WA

Galleries & Professional Associations

Linda Hodges Gallery, Seattle

Member, SOIL Artist Collective, Seattle, WA

Awards and Honors

Contemporary Northwest Art Awards finalist, 2013

Artist Trust GAP Grant, 2010

Artist Trust Fellowship, 2008

Finalist, Betty Bowen Award, Seattle, 2008

Puget Sound Energy Purchase Award – City of Enumclaw, 2005

Dean’s Award grant, University of Pennsylvania, 1999-02


Château Orquevaux, France, 2018

Ash St Project, Portland, OR, 2018

Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT, 2017

Prairie Center for the Arts, Peoria, IL, 2010

Kamiyama Artist-in-Residence Program, Japan, 2005 

Royal College of Art Exchange Program, London, 2001

International School of Art Summer Program, Umbria, Italy, 1999

University of Washington Studio Art Program in Rome, Italy, 1997


City of Tacoma, WA

Cancer Care Alliance, Seattle, WA

City of Enumclaw, WA

City of Seattle, WA

Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR

Town of Kamiyama, Japan


Benjamin Sutton, “West Coast Represents at Exchange Rates Bushwick,”, October 27, 2014 

Bonnie Laing-Malcolmson, Contemporary Northwest Art Awards 2013 (catalogue) 

Matthew Kangas, “Nicholas Nyland; Prole Drift,” Art in America, Vol 100, No.10 (November 2012).

Matthew Kangas, “Bellevue Arts Museum Biennial 2010: Clay Throwdown,” Ceramics Monthly, April 2011.

Dawn Quinn, “Ceramic and Paper,” Tacoma Weekly, July 21, 2010.

Gary Panetta, “Installation Art,” Peoria Journal Star, April 17, 2010.

Jen Graves, “Last Resort,” The Stranger, Vol. 19, No. 30, April 1-7, 2010

Jen Graves, "Sweet Messes," The Stranger, Vol. 18, No. 29, April 2-8, 2009.

Elise Richman, "Nicholas Nyland's Fall Into Color,” La Especial Norte, vol. 4, 2009.

Heather Brammeier, “Painting Pink Pajamas,” Painting Pink Pajamas, 2008 (catalogue).

Adriana Grant, “15 under 35,”Art ltd., May/June 2008.

Rock Hushka, 8th Northwest Biennial, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, 2007.

Nowhere, Anywhere, Everywhere, OHGE Ltd., 2009 (catalogue).

Rosemary Ponnekanti, “The Helm Gallery exhibit in Tacoma takes trip to colorful, cozy time,” The News Tribune, January 30, 2008.

Rosemary Ponnekanti, “Lakewood artist adds dimension to already wild world,” The News Tribune, August 4, 2007: E2.