Monday, May 30, 2011

Nick Goss

Goss’s works are closely involved within this paradox of observation and memory, purposefully seeking out locations and subjects that co-exist between the landscape and the industrial, the recognisable and the ambiguous. In many respects, the romanticism of travel and the exotic are sustained throughout this practice, which incorporates the traditions of drawing, watercolour and oil paint. The echo of enigmatic, artistic figures such as Paul Gauguin and Henri Rousseau have played their part in inspiring these canvases, but also a whole raft of literary influences, including American authors John Steinbeck and Cormac McCarthy. All of which demonstrates the ability of the practice of painting to accommodate the historic alongside the contemporary, and to integrate the conceptual within the visual.