Overthrow Boxing ClubNick Savides
Oil painting on Stretched linen
Finished white edges
Ready to hang
Signed on front
18 " h x 24 " w x 1.25 " d |3 lbs. 5 oz.
The exterior of the Overthrow Boxing Club on Bleecker Street in NoHo, New York, in late afternoon. "I was taken with the explosion of colors and graffiti, and how the light fell, particularly through the fire escape, but also to the door on the right - it looks like the light could be shining out instead of in," explains Nick. "This is made even more ambiguous by reflected light from the display window interrupting the shadow line." Incredible observation and detail in the street art, interior of the building, lighting and shadow and wide range of color temperatures.
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.”