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Christine #2 at Arcadia Contemporary

After a bit of a break from the studio, I am back to work on some new sunbather paintings while I plan for the next big glitchy installation. Because the sunbathers are about to make a comeback, I thought it was only fitting to send one of the pieces from the first round of this series out to Arcadia Contemporary in Culver City to spend some time in the California sun. So, if you are in the Los Angeles area, and want to check out one of these paintings in person (along with some other great realist painting), here is your chance. The piece I sent over is Christine #2. It has always been one of my favorites from the…
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Private Message #7

Two panels, each 30″ x 40″ – oil on panel

Private Message #6

Two panels, each 30″ x 40″ – oil on panel

Private Message #5

Two panels, each 30″ x 40″ – oil on panel

Private Message #4

Two panels, each 30″ x 40″ – oil on panel

Private Message #3

Two panels, each 30″ x 40″ – oil on panel

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Two panels, each 30″ x 40″ – oil on panel

Private Message #1

Two panels, each 30″ x 40″ – oil on panel

Nick Ward Who?

Nick Ward is figurative painter and printmaker who creates portrait based works that explore timeless stories through the internet obsessed eyes of today. Originally from a small town outside Portland Oregon, Nick currently resides in the outskirts of Boston, MA with his wife, daughter, and a scrappy dog. His work has twice earned him Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation grants for painting.

Statement

Interpreting faces and figures is a very fundamental part of being human. We all spend countless hours studying the people around us and because of this, anyone who looks at a portrait, no matter what their education or background, has an instinctual understanding of what small changes in expression and proportion might signify. Because of these primal reactions, I believe portraits have a unique power as an art form. My paintings use simple compositions, often using multiple panels with repeated elements, that allow the familiar form of the human face and body to take center stage. I try to combine traditional techniques and labor intensive processes, with pixelated imagery and saturated colors. The paintings celebrate quirks of our current aesthetics; which future generations will look back on with the kind of nostalgia we currently feel for film grain and crackling records. In many cases, each color within the subject's skin tones is pulled to the surface and allowed to create chaotic patterns within the boundaries of the subject's body. From there, small distortions and slightly exaggerated characteristics invite the viewer to allow their own anxieties and desires to define the piece.

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