Museum EncounterNick Savides
Oil painting on Stretched linen
Finished white edges
Ready to hang
Signed on front and back
12 " h x 9 " w x .75 " d |0 lbs. 12 oz.
This is a corner in the Whitney Museum in New York. The composition is dominated by the afternoon light falling on the back wall, and all of the diagonal lines. A visitor encounters a bust of a woman, and the two seem to regard each other. "You become aware of different spaces," says Nick. "The viewer is in a separate space from the figures, the space between the figures, as well as the exterior space visible through the window."
Brooklyn, New York
Nick learned to paint from his mother when he was a child, but it wasn’t until college that he decided to be a career artist. His realist images of New York City are inspired by the drama of the city–the changing light, the spontaneous magic. Nick begins his process with reference photographs from his daily life, often shooting the same scene at multiple times of the day. He brings the images back to his Brooklyn studio where he composes a scene in Photoshop, adding and subtracting elements from multiple photographs to achieve the perfect composition before beginning to paint. “As my artwork is realistic, one might be tempted to think they are copies from nature,” says the artist. “Really, they are composed–every detail is considered. It is a balance between what is seen, what is true to nature, and what can make a good painting.”