Nomin BOLD

Born 1982, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Lives and works in Ulaanbaatar

Nomin Bold's Labyrinth game 2012 and Tomorrow 2014 combine Buddhist imagery with representations of the chaotic grid of streets in urban Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia's capital. Labyrinth game depicts the city's geography as a literal maze, with a deity at the centre and a host of dramatic, romantic and comedic scenarios rendered in bold hues against a golden ground. Tomorrow alludes to the traditional geometry of Tibetan tangka painting, with the tangle of city streets receding with a more linear perspective, while the gods thread the scene together using power lines. Nomin's work draws on aspects of contemporary Mongolian life, as well as moments from the country's epic history. As economic liberalisation has precipitated rapid urbanisation in Mongolia, half the country's population now lives in the capital city. This shift has presented significant social, infrastructural and environmental problems for a habitually nomadic people, and Nomin's gold leaf and collaged paintings allude to these changes.

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Nomin Bold, Mongolia b.1982 / Labyrinth game 2012 / Synthetic polymer paint and gold leaf on canvas / Purchased 2015 with funds from Ashby Utting through the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery / ©: The artist

Nomin Bold, Mongolia b.1982 / Labyrinth game 2012 / Synthetic polymer paint and gold leaf on canvas / Purchased 2015 with funds from Ashby Utting through the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery / ©: The artist .

Nomin Bold, Mongolia b.1982 / Tomorrow 2014 / Gouache, old scripture sheets on cotton / Purchased 2015 with funds from Ashby Utting through the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery / ©: The artist

Nomin Bold, Mongolia b.1982 / Tomorrow 2014 / Gouache, old scripture sheets on cotton / Purchased 2015 with funds from Ashby Utting through the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery / ©: The artist .

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