New York City - To view Serbian artist Nikola Nikolic’s paintings is to have a tangible experience with the landscapes he captures on canvas. His unselfconscious use of non-traditional hues evokes the fauvist agenda of self-expression, a driving force behind his creativity. For Nikolic, his work is self-affirming, a record of his interactions with nature, its shapes, and spirits. As expressions of his artistic prowess, Nikolic’s works exhibit an affinity for the van Goghesque palette and kinship with Gauguinian design. In fact, his piece titled, “Landscape II” appears to echo Gauguin’s own “Jacob Wrestling the Angel” in spatial arrangement.
Influences aside, Nikolic maintains his artwork is an exploration into himself - the “spaces and labyrinths” within him that define his memories and his soul. What he discovers becomes inspiration for his unique landscapes. Those discoveries transfigure themselves through acrylic and oil within the frame of his canvases. The viewer is invited to attend his work corporeally through the physical sensations he imbues within each piece. The flow of water, smell of fresh air, rush of wind, and sun’s rays all contribute to this sensual encounter. Prototypical of his distinct landscapes is Marsh I. Upon approaching Nikolic’s bog, one feels the grass prick at the waist side and crunch underfoot.
Born and raised in the commonwealth of Serbia and Montenegro, Nikola Nikolic received his artistic training while attending the University of Belgrade’s Higher School of Fine and Applied Arts and University of Nish. He has been exhibiting his work locally and internationally since 1997, and since has been the recipient of several awards.