This show is a collaboration between local artists Nicole Ellis and Tony Nicholls. Nicole is a painter and Tony is a photographer. This show was first created last October for Main Street Art in Newfields, NH. Prior to that show neither artist had met. They were brought together and found that their work complimented each other, having in some cases produced images that mirrored each other or was of a similar vehicle.
For this exhibit, Tony and Nicole have produced works that emphasize the colours, textures and lines of vehicles in various states of repair or disrepair. They encompass a wide variety of automobiles from both the USA and UK, some old, some restored, some battered, some bruised.
We invite our patrons to attend a reception for both artists on the evening of Monday, April 8th from 5:30 to 7:30 PM in the Weston Gallery. Light refreshments will be provided.
Tony Nicholls is an English photographer living and working in both New England and the UK. He has been involved in photography since college, but recently began developing those early skills and techniques to communicate a more mature vision.
"I take photographs in order to capture the world as I see it. I tend to concentrate on scenes and objects that have strong lines, contrast and textures, sometimes in black and white to emphasize these. Many of my photographs are panoramic to capture the world as I see it, the breadth of the scene, the sweep of the countryside. I apply a similar approach to portraits, trying to find the lines, shapes and colours that make 'the person'.
In this exhibition I am trying to portray details of the subjects, to abstract patterns on a simple surface, discovering the elements that make up the shapes, textures and contrasts. I try to enhance these to bring out the elements that I wish to reveal. Some of my work seeks to force the viewer to look deeper into the image so that they find otherwise hidden details in it."
Further examples of Tony's work can be found at https://500px.com/tony110
...when I grow up I want to live by the ocean and be a painter.... ~ Nicole Ellis, age 6, in upstate New York.
Fast forward through many years of retail jobs, side painting projects scattered here and there and welcome to my new reality. I have now been able to paint full time for a year and a half. With the support of my husband, I launched my own painting business, NicoleEllisArtist in 2018 and started my lifelong dream of painting unique images from quiet New England towns and the surrounding landscapes. With the realization that "none of us is guaranteed a tomorrow " and a passion for the process of painting to capture the unsung moments I see in rural New England areas, I set off to pursue my dream. My first year I curated or attended 19 events and sold 36 paintings total, pinching myself at every sale and being encouraged by friends and family.
2019 takes me into the second year of my endeavor and I look forward to a fun full summer of outdoor events: this year I've added farmers markets to my venue list as it blends my love of old barns, rusty trucks and mottled fields with other local makers and consumers who appreciate hand crafted goods to support a local economy.
The encouraging words I receive at outdoor art shows or gallery openings propels me forward to keep painting images that I love, be it an abandoned old truck, a collection of maple buckets looking like blue bonnets, the peeling paint on a time worn barn or craggily rocks of a seascape with a weary fishing shack. I look for the character present in each of these images and use paint to celebrate the life found within them.
It's by far the most rewarding chapter of my life so far and finally celebrates the life within me, found at age 6; waiting to be expressed