New Paintings

Nicholas Coley & Joe Strickland

on view June 1 – july 3, 2024

Nicholas Coley

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About The Artist

Nicholas Coley was born in Connecticut in 1971 and raised in Muir Beach, California. He hitch hiked around the states for a couple years after high school trying to find Don Juan and Carlos Castenada. He was sure he had a destiny to become a medicine man or a brujo, but after getting hepatitis in a hostel in Santa Fe, he moved to Europe and studied art at the Beaux-Arts plus another small school for painting in the south of France. He lived, studied, and meditated daily for a year in a Buddhist Monastery outside of Bordeaux. After reading ‘The tropic of Capricorn’ by Henry Miller, he decided he was not meant for the disciplined, monastic life and went off in search for a more creative and spontaneous world, taking him to Prague for a year and selling paintings to tourists on the Charles Bridge.  From there he took the transiberian railroad through Russia and deep into China before having a complete spiritual collapse in the summer of ’94. The good news is it’s been a slow climb back up the mountain toward the benificenece and belonging of a higher power.  Anchored by the love of a good woman he’s actually been able to support his family, three extraordinary little kids (and seven chickens) even putting a downpayment on a house…all  exclusively with the proceeds from painting sales, which he’s damn proud of and still sort of in dumb happy shock. For almost 20 years now he has been painting full time, almost everyday. Turns out, he was something of a medicine man after all.

Joe Strickland

I am presently exploring a minimalistic style to representational expression through simplifying imagery by observation with a squinted eye, removing peripheral objects and granular details. Focusing on the essential line, shape, and value of the composition. I employ a hard edge to strategic shapes to create a linear interpretation of the subject as color seems to arise impulsively.

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About The Artist

Having a background in printmaking,  Joe Strickland feels that there is something serendipitous how pigment shifts from one surface to another and has the ability to morph before ones eyes while in the process of making art. Experiencing the transition from one phase to another, as layers are stacked upon or removed from one another, accommodates his curiosity.

Inquisitiveness inspires him to “cross-pollenate” media beyond its intended purpose and manipulate it to fit his needs. He considers all methods of printing as mediums and treats them as if they were a palette knife, brush, paint or any other tool in the studio. He utilizes acrylic and oil paints, clays and plasters, flammable and inflammable solvents, photography, and scanners, digital and analogue printers to create multiple layers of image fragments, which are then reconstructed to create the composition.
​Using other materials other than conventional paint brushes, Strickland uses sticks, cardboard, sponges, steel wool and squeegees, creating bits of pigment that are patched together, shaping what will become the serendipitous moment of inspiration; the end result being a one of a kind monotype.

Not one to stick with a single genre, Strickland pushes and pulls anything that has a potential to become a new medium to apply in unconventional ways for the sake of his art.

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