Nick Gonzalez (NickGonzo)

Nick Gonzalez (NickGonzo)

Contact:
email: nick.rockgraphics@gmail.com
website: www.nickgonzalez-art.com

About:
Short intro in German, then in English, plus a reprint of an interview for Visual Language Magazine.

Mein Ziel ist es, einprägsame und durchdringende Interpretationen unserer natürlichen Umgebung zu schaffen. Die See, Himmel, Landschaften als elementare Motive von Licht, Luft, Wasser und Erde mit einem Hauch visueller Alchemie. Stilistisch eine Fusion eines ‘neuen’ Impressionismus und Semi-Abstraktion, arbeite ich zu gleichen Teilen mit Überlegung und Intuition.

Meine Arbeit behandelt weniger eine bestimmte Thematik, sondern vielmehr, wie ein Objekt mir erscheint und sich ins Licht rückt. Meine Technik variiert, manche Bilder entstehen sehr schnell und rein intuitiv, dann wieder ist es ein langsamer Prozess, wie eine Freilegung. In jedem Fall motiviert mich meine Neugierde auf das Ergebnis und das Bestreben, das magische Potential einer jeden neuen Leinwand zu entdecken.
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I am inspired by the natural worlds of landscape & seascape. The use of natural motifs such as the wind-swept sea or the life cycle of trees offers up a perpetual rich source of artistic possibilities.

My work is rooted in the British and French Schools of landscape painting, dynamic traditions which have been constantly refreshed and renewed over the years by many of the most gifted painters in European art. For me, the forms that landscapes come in vary from high-realism to minimal abstraction, from poetic mood to formal construction, from high drama to fleeting moments of play.

Each painting has its own developmental journey - the act of painting is a passionate process of making permanent those initial impressions and visions. My starting point is usually an emotional response
towards the chosen subject, and my choice of 'style' or treatment varies accordingly.

For me, the painting is not so much about a particular subject as it is about how that subject illuminates itself. Therefore, in terms of my technique, I sometimes paint very rapidly and at other times there is a slow process of excavation. In any case, I’m always sustained by
a sense of curiosity and wonder at the outcome, aiming to discover the magical potential within each new artwork.
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Reprint from Artspan VL Studio Visit August 2013

In Germany, where I now live and work, I am considered a ‘traditional’ painter. It’s not a
classification I’d personally use - to me, Traditional evokes concepts/techniques based on
academic/and/or classical influence, (which I don’t much relate to), but here I realise, traditional
simply means using paint in a more or less conventional way, and perhaps using subject matter
based on an external visual reality. So, in an attempt to assist the reader, I could categorize
myself as a Traditional Neo-Impressionist. That’s about as analytical as I get, for what it’s worth!

I grew up on farms in the southern English countryside of Dorset and Hertfordshire - my father was
a dairyman (he had originally hailed from Gibraltar, a very small rock in the Mediterranean Sea,
without a single cow). My mother had attended painting classes at the London Central School of
Art, but had to temporarily give up her artistic work for a busy family/farm life, post-war.

So the rich English rural landscape, with its seasons and skies, woodlands and rolling hills, is a
fundamental part of my DNA, and now that I again live in the countryside (this time in Northern
Germany), surrounded by quite similar landscapes that I was born into, I easily understand my deep
affinity with the visual elements that inspire me. Although my current work is largely based on the
sea, coasts and skies, it is all rooted in the British and French Schools of landscape painting,
dynamic traditions which have been constantly refreshed and renewed over the years by many of
the most gifted painters since.

I normally try to work on a series of paintings, often unified by subject/location. So in recent years
I produced a series based on a local river, from a stream through woodland, out to a lake in centre of
Hamburg. Another project used the South Downs landscape around my previous home in southern
England.

More recently I’ve concentrated on sea/coast and skies - I’m more and more drawn to
skies for their ‘moody’ potential - and coasts without precise location hoping to create
‘archetypal’ landscapes into which the viewer can enter. Although I use photographic reference and
often simple sketches as a starting point, the painting develops a life of its own, and the final
the result can rarely be anticipated.

My materials and techniques are a combination of traditional and personal preference. I normally
use ready-made canvases unless the work requires a large or unusual format, and I prime with a
Gesso ground, sometimes working with a second Gesso coat tinted with acrylic colour for ground
base, and often adding more ground tone sometimes with texture paste with a large brush/and/or
knife, working up the basic composition and areas and creating ‘accidental’ spaces/planes and
textures which can be manipulated later. Often I will continue to work with acrylic colour
(sometimes only in monotone) to establish and develop the picture - the great thing I like about
acrylics is the speed one can work and change the picture at will, and almost instantly alter things.
Either I will complete the painting just in acrylics, or more often I will continue in oils. Glazing and
painting over the acrylic underpainting is a variation on traditional oil painting practices, and I find
it suits me fine. I use Windsor & Newton ‘Artisan’ Water Soluble paints - it means no turps odours in
the studio, brushes can be washed in water and soap, and there is a variety of conventional
mediums/oils which can be mixed with the tube oil paints which handle and perform (and even
smell) just as normal oils.

For me, the forms that landscape painting comes in, vary from high-realism to minimal abstraction,
from the poetic atmosphere to formal construction, from high drama to fleeting moments of subtlety. I
do find that every painting has its own developmental journey - and the act of painting is a
passionate process of making permanent those initial impressions and visions. My starting point is
usually an emotional response towards a chosen subject, and my choice of ‘style’ or treatment
varies accordingly. For me, the painting is not so much about a particular subject as it is about how
that subject illuminates itself.
Therefore, in terms of my technique, I do sometimes paint very
rapidly and at other times there is a slow process of excavation. In any case, I’m always sustained
by a sense of curiosity and wonder at the outcome, aiming to discover the ‘magical’ potential
within each painting.

Of course, true alchemy is rarely, if ever achieved (and not for me to judge), but it is the pursuit of
some rather-hard-to-define qualities that keep me awake.

As I begin work on a new series of canvases and drawings I am as excited and apprehensive today, as I can remember being at twenty-four, sitting with a sketchbook and watercolour box in the shade of a rock on the Spanish Costa de Luz, trying to make sense of too much light and colour, and understanding why Matisse painted mainly indoors in the Mediterranean! The adventure is unending, and I am eternally grateful for this benediction, however elusive and problematic.

Put simply, I love to paint, and I love what painting can be, both for me and in the work of other
artists. And when someone enjoys a painting or drawing of mine sufficiently to part with a stack of
hard cash, I never forget that the buyer could have used their money for a host of more practical
purposes. It’s an affirmation that I don’t really seek, but am always delighted, and a little humbled.

Nick Gonazlez

Biography

Work and Education History

1967-68 Hornsey College of Art, N. London.
1968-71 Brighton College of Art, BA Graphics Design & Illustration.
1972-73 Royal College of Art, London. MA Professional Film & Media Course.
1973-1977 University of Sussex, Media Dept staff designer and filmmaker.
1977-79 Travelling - Asia, USA and Europe.
1980-2001 Formed Rock Graphics in Brighton: graphic design company working in advertising, illustration and educational publishing.

Since 2002, full time painting, working in Germany and England.

Exhibitions

Exhibitions and collections:

1996, 98, 2000 South East Arts Group shows 1994, 95, 97, 99, 2000, 2001: Open House Studios, Brighton International Arts Festival Annual exhibitions.
2006 Austellung (Solo Exhibition) Helgoland Rathaus (Germany)
2009 Austellung (Solo Exhibition) Volksdorf, Hamburg, Germany.
2009 lange*breite KREATIVER SYLT Group Show
2010 Einzelausstellung NABU Naturschutcz-Infohaus, Duvenstedter Brook, Hamburg, Germany
2011 Einzelausstellung GutsKüche, Gut Wulksfelde, Tangstedt, Germany.
2012 Open House Studios, Brighton International Arts Festival, England.
2012 Einzelausstellung GutsKüche, Gut Wulksfelde, Tangstedt, Germany.
2013 Einzelausstellung GutsKüche, Gut Wulksfelde, Tangstedt, Germany
2013 Kunstmeile im Frahmredder,Stormarnplatz, Hamburg, Germany.
2014 Kunstmeile im Frahmredder,Stormarnplatz, Hamburg, Germany.
2014 On-Off Gallery, Hafen City, Hamburg, Gruppenausstellung, Germany.
2015 Open House Studios, Brighton International Arts Festival, England
2015 Gruppenausstellung, Sussex Artist exhibition, Firle, East Sussex, England.
2016 Einzelausstellung GutsKüche, Gut Wulksfelde, Tangstedt, Germany.
2016 Open House Studios, Brighton International Arts Festival, England
2016 Kunstpassage, Group Show, Citi Nord, Hamburg, Germany.
2017 Open House Studios, Brighton International Arts Festival, England.
2017 Kunstpassage, Group Show, Ohlsdorf, Hamburg, Germany.
2018 Einzelausstellung GutsKüche, Gut Wulksfelde, Tangstedt, Germany.

Works in private collections in UK, USA, Spain, France, Danmark and Germany.

Publications

Nick Gonzalez Artspan VL Studio Visit August 2013
http://vlstudiovisits.blogspot.de/2013/07/nick-gonzalez-artspan-vl-studio-visit.html?spref=fb

VL on-line magazine feature:
https://issuu.com/vlfeaturedartists/docs/nickgonzalezaug2013vl

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Cary Crisman (Fxman)

Cary Crisman wrote on April 17, 2018 00:40:

You are very welcome ! , you have some purely amazing works of art !

Cary Crisman (Fxman)

Cary Crisman wrote on April 18, 2016 23:02:

Your are welcome !, was my pleasure.

Cary Crisman (Fxman)

Cary Crisman wrote on February 07, 2016 14:56:

Your very welcome , you have some many beautiful works of Art , I greatly enjoyed looking at them.

Cary

Henryk Klajna (3x23Galerie)

Henryk Klajna wrote on January 07, 2015 11:06:

Hallo Herr Gonzalez,
mit Begeistung habe ich Ihre Werke betrachtet. Ich würde sie gerne in meiner Galerie ausstellen.

Sollten Sie Interesse an einer Ausstellung in Hamburg haben, schreiben Sie mir bitte eine Mail an: hk (at) 3x23.de

Vielen Dank

Henryk Klajna

Christoph Herrmann (Kristof)

Christoph Herrmann wrote on March 24, 2014 12:45:

thank you for the fav,nick!

Jochen Hein (Jochen_Hein)

Jochen Hein wrote on May 31, 2012 13:23:

Thank you again for all these favorites, Nick.
Best wishes, Jochen

Tom Benkendorff (tombenkendorff)

Tom Benkendorff wrote on January 24, 2011 08:19:

Hi Nick
You have the magic touch to do great figurative painting - I love them and would love to see and enjoy more.
Tom

Farnoosh Ashrafi (Farnoosh)

Farnoosh Ashrafi wrote on June 14, 2010 16:47:

Thanks a lot. I appreciate it very much.
Best Regards and Wishes.

Farnoosh Ashrafi (Farnoosh)

Farnoosh Ashrafi wrote on June 14, 2010 15:48:

Thank you for favoritising.
Regards,
Farnoosh

Roland van der Vogel (vandervogel)

Roland van der Vogel wrote on November 07, 2009 23:31:

Thanks for your nice comment, Nick.
Best wishes

ruth norman (rutabs)

ruth norman wrote on April 26, 2009 22:34:

Hi nick,
Thank you for your comment. I like very much your brush work at the clowds paintings, it looks so free!

Siri Pasina (SiriPasina)

Siri Pasina wrote on April 12, 2009 21:20:

Thank you for the favorite!