Mike Nicholls was a founding member of Roar Studios, one of Melbourne's earliest artist-run-initiatives. Conceived as a proverbial roar against the art establishment, Nicholls and his fellow artists set about dismantling society's expectations of image-making.
Since then, Nicholls has earned esteem for his sculpture. Blurring the boundary between figurative and abstract, gnarled and elegant, his work evokes the rugged Australian landscape.
Nicholls is represented at the National Gallery of Victoria, National Gallery of Australia and Heide Museum of Modern Art. He continues to exhibit widely, striking viewers with his elemental aesthetic.