To contemplate a landscape is to feel a deeply spiritual sense of connection to one’s surroundings, and can lead to deeply personal, self-reflexive epiphanies that reinforce the complexity of our experience and our inescapable bond with our environment.
When external appearances obscure the inner facts of our lives, it is only through a careful examination of our place in nature that we can peel away the layers to reveal something
more truly reflective of ourselves.
Originally born in Belfast, Ireland, nik harron immigrated to Canada in 1981, and has recently chosen to make his home in Kitchener, Ontario.
His creative work spans several disciplines, but has focused in recent years on the Canadian landscape. His heavily textural approach to painting bridges the gap between traditional painting and sculpture. Each painting begins with an initially white surface that is sculpted from heavy acrylic mediums which is are then coated in many layers of coloured glazes. In some cases, additional detail is added by carving the surface to create fine marks which are sometimes refilled with heavily pigmented paint. Often, additional visual texture is highlighted by scrubbing the surface when wet, or sanding when dry, to emphasize the underlying three-dimensional structure.
Due to the textured surface, the appearance of the paintings can appear to shift dramatically with the natural daily light cycle, creating a dynamic visual experience.
Thematically, for nearly twenty years, his exhibited art has explored the surface of the world as a mirror to the inner landscape, highlighting the mundane fact that the most vivid realities of our lives are hidden within impenetrable surfaces.
His work is informed by a global approach to image refinement developed during nearly 22 years of commercial and scientific digital image creation, an understanding of the fractal qualities of the natural world, and a nuanced appreciation for the human visual experience— gleaned while working for leading vision researchers at the Visual Motor Research Group at the University of Western Ontario.
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