Street Artist Nails (aka Fers) is the alternative name for Niels Oeltjen who was born in Germany in 1976. Niels moved to Australia at the age of 6 with his family, growing up in the Huon Valley in Tasmania. He now resides in Hobart.
- After completing a Bachelor of Fine Art at the Tasmanian School of Art in 1998, he has been a graphic designer since 1997 and an artist since 1996.
- A trip to Europe in 1995 introduced him to serious graffiti practice and in 1998 he moved to Melbourne to join and be inspired by the burgeoning street art scene.
- He is a muralist, craftsperson and has exhibited internationally as well as having shown at the National Gallery of Australia.
- Niels is also represented by the Jacky Winter group for illustration from 2007-2010.
On his website Niels quotes: “I thrive in collaborative teams and welcome diverse input. I am calm, worldly, widely travelled and humility and humour serve me well”. You can view his portfolio at elbone.github.com