June’s First Friday: Sem·blance, by Nicole Beck
the outward appearance or apparent form of something, especially when the reality is different
This series explores the dynamic between classical and modern art; it seeks to answer the question of what relationship, if any exists between realism and quality. Is the classical portrait the truest expression of art? Or could the abstracted figure, in fact, be a truer picture of reality? With respect to traditional masters, but a nod to contemporary impressionists, this series infuses depth and emotion with a palette knife to a subject where brushes have traditionally dominated. The presence of shroud in each portrait further symbolizes the potential value of abstraction in portraiture.
Nicole Beck Conklin is a recent addition to the Colorado Springs community, beginning to establish her painting career soon after moving into the area. She originally went to school at Mississippi State University, where she was blessed to sit under painting and drawing instructors who continue to be a blessing and influence in her creative process. Recently establishing a permanent drawing/ painting studio in the city, Nicole continues to explore portraiture, figure studies, and abstract experimentalism. She lives in Colorado Springs with her husband and new puppy, and works as a NICU nurse part-time.
*Work will be on display until June 30th and can be viewed after the opening by appointment only.
artist website: http://www.nicolebeckstudio.com