Brisbane-based Australian artist Nordacious (James Hillier) has been professionally pursuing his career as an independent artist since 2015. Specialising in portraiture, he combines fine-liner ink pointillism and digital brush to create highly detailed, striking works inspired by pop culture, Australiana, social/political commentary, and all things queer + camp.
To date, he has had three solo exhibitions in Brisbane (2016), Sydney (2017) and Melbourne (2018), and headlined 2016’s Pokolbin Pride Art Show. His solo shows, titled "VIDEO DRAMA" showcased a body of work inspired by the Australian film, Muriel’s Wedding.
Nordacious' illustration of Britney Spears and Cher was shared on Britney Spears' official Instagram account in July 2021.
In November 2021 his work was represented internationally at the COP26 Climate Conference in Glasgow, where an illustration (made in collaboration with satirical comedian Dan Ilic) which drew awareness towards Australia's track record on climate action, was shown across billboards in the region. This artwork was also splashed across NYC's Times Square's largest billboard in the lead-up to the event, which attracted international press.
Nordacious' work was exhibited at 2021's Behind the Lines political cartoon exhibition (Canberra, Australia) at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. He is set to unveil new works for the 2022 Exhibition later this year.
In September 2022, a piece of Nordacious' was chosen to be used on an official limited-edition CD single cover for the physical release of Elton John and Britney Spears' single "Hold Me Closer".
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