Oct 22 – Nov 13, 2016
Opening reception: Sat Oct 22nd, 6-9pm (RSVP)
Project Gallery Studios (184 Munro St – back entrace)
Nick Bierk studied painting at the Rhode Island School of Design. He has exhibited work across Canada and the United States. Nick’s portrait, landscape and still life works are highly realistic yet conceptually enigmatic.
If David had a fault, it was to be too good at too many things, never denying his constantly burgeoning curiousities long enough to focus on any one thing. In the maelstrom of his creative energies, his boys found their own moorage, and Nick, I think, fastened on to his father’s interest in precedent, history, and the myriad ways painting can be made. Look at David’s diptych Landscape with Manet Flowers, from 2002, the year he died, and you’ll see: the charged, naturalistic intensity of the light in the left panel, a haze of golden sun crackling as it cascades from cloud and tree below, counterbalances the mannered impressionism of a vase, static and lifeless, on a table.
Excerpt from exhibition catalogue AFTER, text by Murray White