Nick Hais | ArtGallery.co.uk
Nick Hais's artistic career began when he graduated from Newcastle Polytechnic with a First Class Dip.A.D in 1971. For the next four years he taught part-time on the Fine Art Degree Course at Newcastle. Since 1976 Nick has been a full time painter. He spent some time living in Greece where he had a number of very successful exhibitions. In 1979 Nick and his family moved to Dorset. For many years Nick owned and ran The Alpha Gallery in Dorset, together with his partner Jill Mirza, with whom he also co-wrote a colour theory book 'Mix Your Own Acrylics'. He and Jill continue to live in Swanage. Paintings by Nick are in various corporate and private collections, including those of Accenture, Lucida plc, P&O, Prudential plc, and Craig Venter. He recently completed a commission to supply a number of large paintings for two of the newest generation of cruise ships. His work is regularly exhibited in different venues in England, Scotland and the United States. The paintings mainly depict fragmented parts of larger scenes. Concentrating on the finer details that can often be lost in more encompassing landscapes Nick focuses his attention on shape and colour pictorial geometries and harmonies. Sometimes his view extends wider to encompass more of a complete scene. Even these are often relatively simple and so allow the shapes and patterns of the buildings or objects to dominate. The most striking part of his work is the colour, which is beautifully and strongly rendered. For Nick the most important element of his work, opposed to any conceptual meaning, is its visual manifestation. "I enjoy the brilliance of rich and vibrant light which, when reflected, creates living shadows. I use this quality as it relates to objects and scenes that display inherent geometries, such as buildings and boats. The result is that my paintings are structured compositions of enhanced clarity. My paintings are built up in layers of thin paint. This means that they develop slowly, as this way of painting requires a degree of precision."
Artworks by Nick Hais