Nick McPhail

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Drawn to quiet subject matter, Nick McPhail emulates the visual poetry captured in everyday scenes. His painting practice is an emotional and spiritual experience, as he strives to aid the viewer in accessing their own version of this occurrence.

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Nick McPhail

B. 1982

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Born in 1982, Nick McPhail grew up in Laingsburg, Michigan. He studied painting and ceramics at Michigan State University, graduating with a BFA in 2006.

McPhail’s subject matter frequently centres on the immediate environment, depicted using minimal lines and bold blocks of colour. Through his work he seeks to lend new perspectives to our immediate environments.

Nick McPhail

B. 1982

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His unique process involves utilising the Renaissance painting technique of using bright background colours which he then layers with further oil paint, using washes and textures. His underpainting creates a glow that transmits the emotional energy of the place from beneath the layers of the painted surface.

Nick McPhail

B. 1982

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Recent solo shows also include an exhibition at Martin & Brockett, Los Angeles, California, 2022 and Windows at Ochi Projects, Los Angeles, California, 2020. McPhail’s work has also been shown at a number of group shows exhibited both nationally and internationally. McPhail has an upcoming solo show at Gamble House, Pasadena, California, 2023 and is currently being presented in a solo show at Amélie Maison d’Art, Paris, 2022. He is the founder of Half Ceramics and Half Gallery LA.

He lives and works in Los Angeles, California.

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