Nick George

Artist Talk /Q&A

Tell us a little bit about your painting style?

My painting style is experimental and fun. Although, a lot of the topics I cover within my portraits are the complete opposite of fun.

 It just comes out of me, I never set out to paint a specific way or tackle a specific topic. I just let go and then this is what happens. 

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m Nick George, I’m from Manchester, England. I grew up in Manchester, England, but at the age of sixteen I moved to America to pursue my dreams of playing division 1 basketball. Eventually, I ended up playing professionally. My birthday is September the 25th. Currently I work out of my studio in Manchester. 

I attended Virginia Common Wealth university, where I studied sociology.  I’ve always been interested in the arts in general. As a child, I attended a local performing art school, where I focused mostly on expressionist dance and acting. 

When it came to painting, it was something I would do alone in my room by myself. 

What is the message behind your art?

I want to convey the importance of treating your wounds, because a wound left untreated can lead to a very painful existence. 

So always take care of your wounds. Never run away from anything, face it deal with it so that you can move on with your life. 

What inspires you, and how does your artwork represent you?

I’m inspired by my own life experiences, from my upbringing in Manchester, to my travels all across Europe. I never have to go too far for inspiration, its all up top (in my head). 

My art is me in my purest form, it represents me finally accepting the past or anything I’ve been through. Its acceptance from self. Being an artist to me means freedom. If I’m honest, I’ve never felt free as I do now as an Artist. 

What is your favorite medium?

Acrylic and pastels are my medium of choice. I have a process where I put down and take away, then put down and take away. Often times, I’m working quickly, and because acrylics dry so fast, it doesn’t disrupt my process. 

As far as the pastels, I tend to use those during the later stages of the pieces, where I can add little highlights here and there.

What is your favorite color?

My favorite color is purple. I’m one of those people who associates, different emotions with colors. Usually, when something positive happens, this has been happening since I was a child, I always see the color purple. 

Funny enough, I don’t really like it around me and I don’t like wearing it. I just like seeing it up top (in my head). 

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Works By Nick George

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