studio1.1 London's 2018 'LOTTERY SHOW!' winner
Trained as a textile designer, for the past seven years Nick Wild has been working tirelessly (his own word) as a painter. Using a wide range of painting styles, matching the manner of presentation to each individual subject-matter, he paints a succession of motifs from the natural world, as themselves or as reminiscences of themselves. Stones, birds, moths or micro-organisms all appear in homage to the complexity of nature.
Birds are singled out for a particular tribute. In a photorealistic handling, scale could be exaggerated, contrasts of focus coupled with the interplay of pattern, and the composition heavily cropped. The birds, as a result, often shown in head-and-neck shots, acquire a distinctive, almost comically sinister life.
The cellular series, his most recent work, plays instead with notions of fragility. Delicate watercolour techniques strip form back to its basic elements: the egg, or cross-sections of cell amoeba suspended in solution surrounded by a thin membrane. In these paintings, where the biomorphic forms are sometimes set against a contradictory geometric background, sometimes even tweaked into a surrealist direction, the sense of abstraction becomes strong, along with the sense of the vulnerability of all organic life.
Nick is the tenth winner of studio1.1's annual Lottery Show! draw.
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