Desta Gallery presents it’s newest exhibit: Unbridled Flow, featuring Nicholas Coley. The public is invited to a meet and greet artist reception on February 3rd from 6pm – 8pm.
Nicholas Coley was born in Connecticut in 1971 and raised in Muir Beach, California. He moved to Europe and studied art at L'ecole des Beaux Arts in Aix-en-Provence and at the Marchutz school in Le Tholonet, France. He holds a BA in painting from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington.
He lived, studied, and meditated daily for a year in a Buddhist Monastery outside of Bordeaux. After reading 'The tropic of Capricorn' by Henry Miller, he decided he was not meant for the disciplined, monastic life and went off in search for a more creative and spontaneous world, taking him to Prague for a year and selling paintings to tourists on the Charles Bridge. From there he took the Trans Siberian Railroad through Russia and deep into China.
Coley is a plein air painter who captures primarily San Francisco and Marin county scenes. He has been painting full time for almost 20 years and has exhibited in multiple solo and group exhibitions since 2001. His work is held in university, hospital and corporate collections, as well as private collections across the United States and Europe. He has had a phenomenal success in many exhibitions and is often one of the top selling artist. Coley explains "Before I had kids I painted on my birthday and Christmas and New Year's Eve finding myself with a headlamp on in the dark. I've had almost no friends and aspired to be just like Van Gogh not manic but driven… I mean it's very healthy as addictions go. I just love to paint and discover and each day I live or die by the little successes or failures that come about in playing with color and seeing what feelings can be nuanced”.
He currently lives with his wife and three children in Marin County.
Public Information: Artist reception is FREE and open to the public. For more information visit www.destagallery.com or call 415- 524-8932.
About Desta Gallery
Desta Gallery is a unique conceptual gallery focusing on the beauty of the creative arts, showcasing artists and artisans, many of which are renowned. The Gallery offers a design inspired balance of select paintings, photography, sculptures, ceramics and functional art. Desta is also known for its custom-blended organic teas and premium quality organic single-origin loose leaf teas which can be found in many Bay Area restaurants. The gallery hosts artist receptions, art workshops and private tea tastings with the idea of connecting communities, artists and collectors in an atmosphere that inspires creativity and stimulates the senses.