Location: United States
As discussed on Playboy Radio, printed in Bizarre Magazine, featured in LA Weekly, and interviewed on A&E's Biography, New York based artist Nick Kushner has garnered attention from both the major and alternative press for using a most personal pigment - his own blood.
Kushner likens his work to "Art as modern-day alchemy by the literal and complete immersion within it, using the most personal and symbolic medium innately possible." His art, which tap into the darker recesses of the human psyche with esoterically surreal imagery that is driven not only by his knowledge of the occult, but by life experience as well, has been exhibited across America and published throughout the world.
Kushner's first solo exhibition, entitled 'Les Crimes De L'Amour', ranked as #4 on LA Weekly's 'Top 10 Badass Parties of 2011' year in review, beating out high profile events such as the Playboy Mansion and others.
In 2012, Kushner's painting, 'Maldoror', was recently featured on the cover (which he also designed) of the new Russian edition of 'Les Chants de Maldoror', a work which is considered to be the first ever surrealist novel. 'Maldoror' will also be displayed the Museum Of Fantastic Art in Vienna in April 2012.
Kushner's work speaks of disillusionment & pain through the themes of love, death, and abuse - of the ultimate catharsis that can be attained through the artistic distillation of the emotions evoked by these, most notably by the medium he uses to create them - his own blood.