Nick Long

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Wallbanger In the Hanger PASSAGE Monolith by Nick Long One Bottom and Three Tops MONHEGAN SUNBATHERS Monhegan Locals madison square bench web under the big top for web Moored Chastine Port Clyde Guardian TOP DAWG sunburned Moored-Charleston

Nick Long

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Artist

I am a realist. My road to realism, however, took many side journeys through abstract expressionism and abstraction. It wasn’t until I took a hard look at how I was reared, what I enjoyed and what I wanted to create that I focused on being the best realist my abilities allow. Though I learned many lessons from the side journeys, being a graphic designer for 45 years also informs my work with strong principles of design.

I am not a photo-realist. My camera is my sketchbook, though. Usually time does not allow for sitting and sketching compositions in the environment I find them. Unlike most who use the camera, I only take one or two shots of what has caught my interest. I am confident in finding the compositional dynamic with a simple crop so more shots are not needed. Too many shots and it becomes about the photos and not the image. Selecting an image to be a new work could be sooner or it could be later. Once chosen, I work from a one-to-one photo print of the composition to make sure I can adequately see what needs to be deleted or included in the final piece. I take great pride in creating a work that matches my original vision.

I like objects. Objects worn with a beautiful patina or chipped paint which becomes a metaphor for a life well lived. I don’t intentionally create a narrative but I am certain there is an unknown back story to the objects any viewer could devise. Occasionally, I set up a still life with objects found at estate sales or flea markets, but, most often my pieces are “found compositions” discovered while exploring those same sales and markets. I am not interested in creating an impression of the object. I want the piece to have a physical presence and be that object(s) as it appeared on that day in that specific light. To me, that is real.

I am a purist. Pure graphite or pure acrylic are my primary mediums most often used on paper though I am beginning to use canvas and panels as well. The goal is to master both mediums and to make it obvious they come from the same hand.

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