Through November, the Geary Gallery of Darien proudly presents award-winning realist painter and Brooklyn, NY resident, Nick Savides. His “Contemplating Time, Light and Place” exhibit runs November 1-30 at the Geary Gallery located at 576 Boston Post Road in Darien. Fall hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Featured Artist, November: Nick Savides
Award-winning realist painter and Brooklyn, NY resident, Nick Savides, learned to paint from his mother at three years old, and never stopped. Inspired by the works of Edward Hopper, the quiet energy within his art captures a palpable sensation of both light and place.
After graduating with Highest Honors in Fine Arts from Brandeis University, Savides began a career as an American Realist painter. Starting out, he focused on paintings of people in interior settings, drawing on Jan Vermeer as an influence. It was then that the effects of light became ─ and stayed ─ a key ingredient in his paintings.
Savides’ paintings encompass urban scenes and architecture, landscapes and nature. His paintings capture a sense of time and place with a certain understatement, as many of the titles would suggest, such as “Wall Street – Early Morning” or “Grand Canyon at Sunrise.” They grip you by inviting you in with the familiar, and showing you more than you expected. As Val Schaffner wrote, “Beyond the carefully rendered beauty, complexity, and calm of his art, there is mystery: a sense of something about to be discovered.”
Since his first solo show in 1980, Savides has exhibited in many group and solo shows in New York City and upstate New York, as well as Long Island, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and California, where he had a retrospective at Berkeley College from March 5 to April 27, 2012.
His work is included in numerous private and public collections, and was featured on June Middleton’s “Minding Your Business,” which aired on the Manhattan Neighborhood Network in 2010. Savides has been published twice by Nabi Press, featuring urban images of New York City and Paris, as well as landscapes of upstate New York.