George Nick Tribute to Shostakovich’s 15th Symphony oil on linen 40" x 60" 1995
George Nick Athens in America oil on canvas 40" x 50" 2005
George Nick's paintings are big and gutsy, and he paints Boston urban scenes with disarming enthusiasm. He has a direct, honest approach, laying down the colors, lines and shapes that make up his subject without much evident worrying or reworking (his approach has been compared to that of a bricklayer).
There is an excellent six part interview series with George Nick at Painting Perceptions, where I found out that he studied with Edwin Dickinson, and used to go out painting with Fairfield Porter. Also, John Updike wrote an excellent essay on George Nick in which he discusses Nick's "refusal to develop a manner".
Kurt Solmssen suggested that I post Tribute to Shostakovich’s 15th Symphony, saying that it is one of his favorite George Nick paintings. Thanks Kurt!
Inspired by the paintings of Gabriella Soraci, the month of October will be devoted to looking at paintings that use a window as a central subject. I plan to alternate between contemporary artists and artists from the past. If you have a suggestion (not your own work please), please email an image along with a few sentences about the work.