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Nick Carrick was born in 1979 and trained in Fine Art at Coventry University and Chelsea College of Art. His subject matter, use of repetitive patterns, muted colours and minimal forms are a springboard into abstraction. The result is a body of work that is ambiguous and suggestive: something that has a life of its own.
‘Painting is a form of escapism from the everyday, but it is also a form of connection. Anything can evoke a reaction – forests, old photographs, graffiti, patterns, discarded objects. My aim in taking these out of context is to give them a new, and altered, valid lease of life.
‘The surface on to which I paint is very important to me. I often use wooden panel and have always found its smooth surface seductive. I also appreciate the earthy qualities of linen. Form is easily obtainable with the right surface.’
‘The combination of colour, of thin and thick paint, of the shapes and chalk scribbles, was as satisfying and evocative as a poem composed of a ravishing coalescence of words, but whose meaning is ambiguous.’ (Amanda Vesey, exhibition catalogue essay 2006).
Nick had an art residency at Pouch Cove Foundation, Newfoundland. He has had two solo shows at HQ Gallery (Lewes), and group exhibitions with Emma Hill (Eagle Gallery) and Transition Gallery.