Throughout his career George Nick has experienced the extraordinary
value of having a mentor in artists such as Edwin Dickinson and
Fairfield Porter. These relationships proved to be experiences
that generated a genuine interest and enthusiasm for being a mentor
to young artist’s he has met through his teaching career
and travels. “George Nick Select’s”
is an example of these relationships. This year George Nick has
selected artists from Massachusetts, New York, Maryland, Pennsylvania,
Virginia, Washington, and Indiana, representing an eclectic array
Although, the thematic structure of the exhibition is realism
has imbued his or her own canvas with art historical references
Dutch masters to abstract expressionism. Martha Armstrong’s
belie a formal realism as they seem to teeter on the edge of abstraction.
Philip Geiger explores the relationships of color and light to
interpretation of everyday events within an interior space. Tim
captures Americana in his figure paintings in a fashion reminiscent
Katz or Louisa Matthiasdottir. He reminds the viewer that the
merits of objects in still life paintings are as valid as the
inhabiting the same space. Elizabeth O’Reilly deftly captures
setting, whether it is Brooklyn or her native Ireland, putting
colors that balance against planes of monochromatic hue. Nick’s
well as that of Lois Dodd resound in these landscapes. Edwin Dickinson
clearly influenced the figurative work of Jeffrey Carr. The professional
draftsmanship of the figure commingles with the surrealistic characteristics
Dickinson was known for. Scott Noel finds a “sacramental
dignity” in still
life images, responding to empty spaces and the objects equally.
light on these objects and empty spaces with an “assertive
There is a hazy line distinguishing where the mentors influence
ends. One could say that generations of mentors reside in a corner
artists studio with a panoply of canvases as reference material.
creative mind instinctively yields to generations of artists.