DEPICTING INDIVIDUALS IN VARIOUS STAGES OF FLUX - ARTIST KENNETH NICHOLSON



There is a particular way that a shadow smacks against the wall behind two people eagerly avoiding eye contact. As one slips out of awareness, the weight of the room takes their place. My paintings and drawings depict individuals in various stages of flux, and how they relate to their environment. I portray the heightened atmosphere by digging back into the surface and erasing off layers of rendered form, leaving areas more static, and ghost like. These moments are juxtaposed with areas where paint is crusted over in a mound. This tension disrupts traditional figure/background interplay, releasing the character’s inner drama into the negative space. The viewers’ eyes are to rest only momentarily, before drifting to a scabby paint stroke, or sidelong glance. My commitment to depicting supreme melodrama, along with an uncompromising will to sour, leads to imagery both viscerally familiar and unsettling.


All the paintings are created with a mix of acrylic and oil paint on masonite or canvas. They are framed in antique or vintage ornate frames, to add to the old world feel.  




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