Location: United States
BIOGRAPHY - Charles NIKAS / www.Charles-Nikas.Gallery
Born in New York City in 1951, Charles' body of work is an extension of his social / professional life which in his early years he lived and studied in Europe. This euro-American eclectic exposure to life and contemporary art provided him with a rich palette in which to produce the works he exhibits today.
Charles has exhibited in Switzerland, Greece and the United States. His work is characterized as dynamic, intense, and perennial. Each image depicts metaphysical and/or surreal imagery which are personal to him, yet undeniably extricate individual emotions, messages, and senses from the viewer.
His work has evolved through levels of creative experience and technical milieus. ' Each definitive and substantial in its own right.' In the 70s, his figurative ‘black and ‘white’ works depicted contemporary man as a pensive, soulless entity, yet in transition. Charles’ work is spiritual providing a 'raison d’ etre.‘
By the mid-80s’ thru the 90s’, Charles turned toward visual enigmas, by introducing the medium of 'collage' to his portfolio. This new style coupled with his draftsman's line, created quasi-surrealistic images which disturbed and provoked the viewer. Again, he applies himself to perceive time and space in thought and rational experience, as man transcends his own dimensional plane. “Each viewer must contemplate his work in the rational, and unlock the cryptic message of the 'unconscious' versus the 'conscious'.
PRESS RELEASE: 2013
New York artist Charles Nikas creates dream-like yet compelling abstract expressionistic works. His color saturated images are composed using a variety of mediums including acrylic paint and spray, silver, gold and copper leaf, printers ink and file transparencies -.all expertly arrange on paper, glass, canvass and polyethylene construction board. Nikas spent his early years abroad in Europe, giving him a large degree of cultural exposure that has served as a catalyst in the evolution of his work as it stands today.
Nikas’ art is dynamic and intense, as rich in palette as it is in energetic rendering, Infused with complex images and layers of meaning the work is meant to ignite an intimate response in the viewer, both on a mental and emotional platform. As he explains, “Ech image depicts metaphysical forces, yet undeniably, extricates individual emotions, messages, and imagery from the viewer.' What results are unforgettable pieces that transcend context to reflect the intricate and multifaceted realities of human existence on the very level of the soul.
Acrylic spray color work with gold, silver and copper leaf and stenciled numbers on Arch paper. Painting focuses on the randomness of numbers, yet, they evoke a symbolic presence in the daily meaning of our lives. Framed; 24" x 34" Price $2K
Acrylic spray color work with gold, silver and copper leaf and stenciled numbers on Arch paper.. Painting focuses on the randomness of numbers. Yet, they provide a symbolic presence in life's meaning. Framed; 24" x 34" . Unframed: 20" x 27". Price $3K
Abstract Acrylic color spray work. Work depicts an evolutionary phase in the development of a universe during its gaseous phase into the development of matter. Framed: 46" X 46". Price $3K
Abstract Acrylic paint and spray work. Gold and silver leaf, chart tape applied over drafting imagery transpariencies. Framed: 28" x 28" Price: $1.7K
Symbolic Mixed Media Work: Red & Yellow Polyurethane Fresnels with distorted visual images on Black Bainbridge board. Work depicts visual representation of two words (Deux Mots) as seen in the subconscious mind. Framed 18" X 42" Price $1.8K
Symbolistic Abstract: Black & White Acrylic Spray on Polyurethane Corrugated Black Board. Work depicts the early stages of planet creation: Solid, liquid and gaseous and matter in flux. Framed 45" x 35" Price $3K.
Mixed Medium Figurative Symbolism: Acrylic spray and paint over alien imagery and transparencies of that which is enigmatic. Work attempts to exude an ambiance of the cryptic. Framed: 25" x 36" Price $1.5K
Abstract Work: Acrylic paint and spray. Chart and Mesh Tape on Arch Paper. Framed: 25.5" x 25.5" Price $1.5K
Abstract. Acrylic paint and spray chart and Chart and Mesh Tape, Gold leaf on Glass. Framed over in glass 30: x 36". Price 1.5K.