• Laura Vautour

THE CLASS OF 2020: Nick Nylen


Nick Nylen Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University www.instagram.com/nicnyl/ My paintings are concerned with constructing a world that is specifically mine and unspecified in its whereabouts. By making these images I hope to further realize this world while maintaining its mystery. The construction of these images begins with colour combinations that I think are informative of a particular atmosphere or scene which varies from painting to painting. I use various source images to inform the way each passage of the painting is painted. These source images often come from video games, TV shows, movies, or photographs I have digitally edited to create the texture or form I need. These paintings therefore contain both an element of familiarity, due to the types of images they are referencing, as well as an element of mystery, because the way the reference images have been abstracted.


I am interested in how certain limitations of a medium (especially digitally created images) can undercut the believability of an image that is attempting to be realistic. This coming short of representing reality is where I find the images become most interesting because of its often surreal or abstract quality which I then attempt to recreate in my work. 1. "5 Significant Gems", 2020, 24" x 36", Oil on Canvas

2. "Energy Tree", 2020, 24" x 36", Oil on Canvas

3. "New Ruins", 2020, 48" x 60", Oil on Canvas

4. "Choose Wisely", 2020, 16" x 20", Acrylic on Canvas

5. "Screen Time", 2020, 16" x 20", Oil on Canvas

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