PDX CONTEMPORARY ART is honored to show Nick Blosser’s most recent egg tempera and watercolor paintings.
Nick Blosser’s paintings arise from deeply felt responses to the natural world. Walking through the woodlands surrounding his studio, Blosser makes quick sketches and watercolors on the spot, focusing on aspects of scenes which move him. While the beauty of the woods are inspiring to him, Blosser is not seeking to record moments of the picturesque. Rather, he pursues a combination of line and form that appeal to his own set of aesthetics and which resonate with his particular mood or emotional reaction at that moment. Blosser then selects the images he wishes to scale up into finished works, again looking for the arrangements that spark his interest.
Blosser’s watercolor-driven technique and his reductive yet descriptive style link him to a long tradition of American modernist painters, most notably Charles Burchfield, Milton Avery and Arthur Dove. Blosser readily embraces these influences, noting that he grew up in the same area of northeastern Ohio as Burchfield and has visited a number of places depicted by the late watercolorist. Neither the issue of originality nor the fear of being seen as a follower concern Blosser; he is preoccupied with making art that incorporates his wide-ranging concerns.
Blosser has said that he deliberately tries to see what others might overlook in a landscape--to show what is ignored. His careful observation of natural environments with which he is familiar is in fact a deeper connection to American modernism than are the stylistic affinities Blosser shares with that movement. His contrarian embrace of the mundane and willingness to make use of what is around him chime perfectly with the concerns of generations of American artists who have felt a strong connection to the land and celebrated it as a symbol of the commonwealth. Blosser imbues the everyday with a sense of timelessness and wonder, elevating his woodlands into the realm of magic.
- Excerpts from an essay by Jay Grimm
Nick Blosser lives and works in Tennessee. In 1984 Blosser received the Rome Prize. His time studying the classical masterworks in Rome deeply influenced his work in both form and material. He has received two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships. His work has been exhibited in Rome, Portland, New York, Chicago, Houston and Columbus. The work is included in collections throughout the United States.
Jay Grimm is a New York-based independent art advisor and art appraiser. He wrote "Charles Burchfield and the Myth Making of America" as his master's thesis in art history at SUNY Stony Brook.