Nivison has exhibited regularly since 1982 and has been awarded numerous prizes including the 2002 Wynne prize for landscape painting at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. In 2011, Nivison was the winner of the Eutick Memorial Still Life Award (EMSLA) at Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, and also spent a three-month residency at the AGNSW Cite Studio in Paris. In 2012, Tamworth Regional Gallery curated a survey exhibition of Nivison's work, which also travelled to Newcastle University Art Gallery and the S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney. His work is represented in many state and regional collections. He is currently represented by Utopia Art Sydney