Larry Groff posts an extensive tribute to painter George Nick to accompany the exhibition Galvanized Truth: A Tribute to George Nick, featuring 37 of Nick's colleagues and students, Curated by Kim Alemian, on view at The Art Complex Museum in Duxbury, Massachusetts through September 9, 2012.
Groff's post includes quotes from Nick's teaching as well as the catalogue essay Judging by Appearances by painter Christopher Chippendale which begins: "George Nick once said that he began studying painting because he was interested in the world and painting seemed like a good way to learn about it. Conceived as such, painting was an investigative tool that, when turned outward to the world, could yield truths and meaning and an understanding of why things are the way they are. Later, as a teacher, Nick would present his students a way of thinking about painting that, while practical and concrete, was geared toward the sort of enquiry he had envisaged when he himself started painting. Based in the fluid world of perception, this way of thinking had at its core the conviction that the aesthetic and the ethical are not so far apart in painting, that knowledge comes from a search for what is right and what is truthful."
Ed Beem blogs about the exhibition Galvanized Truth: A Tribute to George Nick, featuring 37 of Nick's colleagues and students, on view at The Art Complex Museum in Duxbury, Massachusetts through September 9, 2012.
Beem quotes painter Christopher Chippendale, who remarks that "Nick insisted that our painting be autonomous from the world they depicted, not copies of that world... He would refer to them as separate, 'parallel' constructions. 'Don’t render the motif,' he would bark. 'Let cameras do that kind of work. Paint parallel to what you see.' It was not copy work we were engaged in, it was translation – the motif's materialization on the canvas through the facts both of physical paint and our own senses.' "
Catherine Kehoe posts an interview with painter George Nick.
Nick comments: "In the beginning, I always felt I couldn't remake the world but I would like to try. I didn't know how so I tried different ways. I am still doing that. I am not that focused. I go out to paint. I look for something to paint. All these ideas stay in the background, out of sight, until I am through painting. I get ideas from the act of painting and it guides me either into a dogma or chaos. All my paintings start from what is seen. The painting marries in different ways and set up its own laws, which I try to deduce and follow. The awareness did not change the painting. The conclusions of the finished piece changed the process of translating the seen."
Charley Parker blogs the work of painter George Nick. Parker admires Nick's "unapologetically direct depiction of his subjects, whether architectural aspects of Boston, rural landscapes, Venetian canals, simple room interiors or unstintingly honest portraits and self portraits."
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