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Nicholas Kriefall Saint Charles, Missouri

Nicholas has always been fascinated by the sea. His abstract work is inspired by the relationship between the land and the sea, a symbiosis that undulates from calm to turbulent. “Using colors, shapes, and texture over multiple layers, I explore the comfort and animosity of a place revisited or newly imagined, continuously experimenting with these elements and incorporating a certain emotion as a map spills from mind to canvas,” says Nicholas. He approaches each painting with a title or image in mind, and then experiments with layers of paint, scraping and dissolving color until the texture and color feel right.

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    About The Artist

    Nicholas has always been fascinated by the sea. His abstract work is inspired by the relationship between the land and the sea, a symbiosis that undulates from calm to turbulent. “Using colors, shapes, and texture over multiple layers, I explore the comfort and animosity of a place revisited or newly imagined, continuously experimenting with these elements and incorporating a certain emotion as a map spills from mind to canvas,” says Nicholas. He approaches each painting with a title or image in mind, and then experiments with layers of paint, scraping and dissolving color until the texture and color feel right.

    Artist Statement

    A native to the Midwest, I have always been drawn to nature, be it the sea that stemmed from childhood trips to the coast and a young introduction to snorkeling, or exploring rock formations out west during summer excursions. Along with learning about Hemingway through my father, his tale of an old man battling elements beyond him, and the fact that we know more about foreign worlds than our own, the encompassing truth and mystery of our planet's identity has ever fascinated me.



    My current collection deals with the relationship between land and sea, whether hostile or dependent, and the delicate balance of one’s need for the other. Using colors, shapes, and texture over multiple layers, I explore the comfort and animosity of a place revisited or newly imagined, continuously experimenting with visual depth, and incorporating a certain emotion as a map spills from mind to the canvas.

    Artist Background

    University of Central Missouri
    Bachelor of Fine Arts, 2009

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