Breaching The Blues

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Breaching the Blues

Nick Birch
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Oil on canvas
60cm x 90cm
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Born in Brisbane in 1979, Nick Birch grew up in the coastal town of Noosa Heads and the small country city of Armidale, before returning to Brisbane in 1997 to complete a Bachelor of Arts in Screen Production.

Nick started his career in the creative industries in 2000, but it was cut short in 2012 due to illness, and he began his long battle with chronic treatment-resistant major depressive disorder and chronic anxiety.

After a long hiatus from traditional media, and without the creative outlet from work, Nick began scribbling again. He dedicated a great amount of time to creative therapy; painting and drawing as a form of catharsis to aid his recovery, which has been long and arduous.

After trying 17 different medications and therapies, and over 460 nights spent in hospital and counting, Nick is now a devoted house-husband and proud father of three. He finished a Master of Creative Enterprise with Distinction and also started cartooning—creating the webcomic 'Little Life Lines'.

Nick draws inspiration from nature and the details of ordinary things. He likes to explore relationships between colour and forms that create rhythms and musical relationships.

"Growing up on the beach as a young boy, I remember swimming in some particularly rough surf one day. I became caught in a string of some real dumpers, each wave churning me under water until I could just manage to surface for a gasp before being dumped again and again."