URBAN GALLERY presents our JULY 2019 EXHIBITION
A KALEIDOSCOPIC JOURNEY OF ABSTRACTION THROUGH PAINTING
SOLO EXHIBITION by Toronto Artist Nicolas Pearson
Exhibition Dates: July 11 to July 31, 2019
OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday July 13 2019 from 2 PM to 5 PM
MEET THE ARTIST: Saturday July 27 2019 from 2 PM to 4 PM
My work is primarily abstract oil and acrylic paintings. I produce my work in a subconscious manner where I start with an idea and jump into the painting, changing my vision as I go through the process as inspiration hits me. My inspiration for my work is from my fascination for the natural world and random mundane items I encounter in my day to day life that enthuse me. Anything can be a visual stimulant and can be incorporated in my art, the idea that anything and everything can become art gives me motivation. I started this fascination when I experimented with mixed media collage using everyday buttons off a dress shirt or jacket. Using these items -which would normally just form a practical purpose, were now being used to create an artistic expression. I also use twine, cheesecloth and impasto painting techniques to create texture and areas of interest in my work.
Born and raised in Toronto Canada, attended the McMichael Art Gallery summer camp for art in my youth where I would later work for a few years. Studied fine art and art history at the University of Toronto’s Joint program with Sheridan College, graduating in summer 2012. During my university days I also participated in a summer study abroad program for Modern Art History, with a focus on Italian Art in Siena Italy in 2010.
I was also involved in several group shows, including the CHANCELLORS EXHIBITION at the U of T for 3 years in a row, and a one-day pop up show at the Gladstone Hotel.