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Every Show Ever Week Two

Week two of my attempt to visit (almost) every exhibition in Boston this fall (you can read week one here) I’m off to a bit of a slow start, and I haven’t gotten that far off the beaten path (yet), as you will see. If I missed anything cool, or you have any recommendations for my next round of gallery visits, get in touch. I missed the opening for “People Watching: Then and Now” at the Fitchburg Art Museum, but I plan on checking out the show soon. If anyone wants to ride out there and visit the show with me, let me know! Last week I a few people reached out to let me know what they thought of…
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Study For Degrading Outcomes

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

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

Private Message #2

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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