Bertil Nilsson is a Sweden-born visual artist working primarily with photography, but also making short films. He collaborates closely with dancers and circus artists and draws inspiration from the body, nature, architecture and digital technology. His first book “Undisclosed” about the inspiring and physical work of circus artists was published in 2011 to positive reviews. Since then he has exhibited internationally and has had solo shows in the UK, the Netherlands, Canada and the US as well as being featured in several prominent group shows. In 2014, he was commissioned by the Roundhouse to present “Luminescence”, a site-specific exhibition which was supported by public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England. His latest work is “Naturally” (featured above), a 3 year’s work project featuring male dancers in nature, was published on December 1st 2015. Bertil Nilsson has been featured on numerous respected publications. He currently lives and works in London, UK.
In his own words:
Growing up in Sweden I spent a lot of time in the forest but my entire adult life living in the city. Through my experiments with dancers and circus artists I came back to explore nature and, maybe because of that childhood connection, it triggered a great sense of adventure in me. What fascinates me about dancers, is how they use and perfect such a large range of movements, from the organic to the decidedly artificial, such as pointed feet. My choice of other elements build on that contrast, both integrating into the scene and serving as a focal point. The placement and choice of colour add a symbolic layer, creating possibly unexpected interpretations.
This is a sample of his work
All images © Bertil Nilsson