Nick Weber’s paintings are visual recordings that take on an air of lived experience and directness, as one might see in the canvases of Lucian Freud or Kathe Kollwitz, and in the musical poetry of Joni Mitchell or Leonard Cohen. His portraits are atmospheric, painterly, and suggestive beyond the sittings of their subject matter, carrying an emotional weight that links to some sort of melancholic nostalgia, especially in works that assume or retain aspects of a snapshot photograph.
They are psychological investigations of the sitter – notes jotted down in paint. There is a surface buildup that hints at this process of insight and layered understanding. The canvases faithfully portray the figures as the artist moors them to the full human experience, one of struggle that reveals vulnerability, dignity, and strength. Weber’s paintings retain darkness that is calm, yet never unsettling or pessimistic. A sense of levity and a wink of humor peek through, as do sudden bursts of color.
Nick Weber has exhibited mostly in the Northeast, with recent solo and group exhibitions at Harper’s Apartment, New York, NY, Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, NY, Tripoli Gallery Southampton, NY, and Eric Firestone Gallery East Hampton, NY. His works are included in significant private collections in the United States and abroad.
Nick's list of private collectors includes luminaries such as Richard Prince, Lisa de Kooning, Bernard & Almine Ruiz-Piccasso, Betsy Johnson, Knight Landesman, Jennifer Coolidge, Sean Penn, Phil and Shelley Aarons, John McWhinnie, and many others.
Photo Credit: Rick Wenner