FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 2012
Contact: Ilene Greenfield
Director of Media Relations
201-291-1111, ext. 1-5122
Berkeley College is exhibiting the work of artist Nick Savides at its gallery, 255 Duffield Street, 3rd Floor, Brooklyn, NY. This exhibit – a retrospect of the artist’s work over the years – will be on display from March 5 through April 27. It is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm and on Saturday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. An artist’s reception will be held on March 10 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.
Art has always been a part of Mr. Savides’ life. As a young child, he learned to paint from his mother. At Brandeis University, he studied under New York figurative painter Paul Georges and learned formal composition and painting techniques. Initially, he focused on interior settings, drawing on Jan Vermeer as an influence. Moving to New York in 1980, he turned to city scenes, painting people in the context of the streets. Later, while living in Brooklyn, he drew new inspiration from his surroundings and painted scenes from Park Slope; Prospect Park; Coney Island; and the Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Verrazano Bridges. Over the next few years, he focused on the New England landscapes and national parks across the United States, before moving on to paint scenes from travels to Paris, France.
In describing his work, Mr. Savides says, “I find inspiration in the beauty of the world around me. The majority of my paintings depict the outdoors – landscapes, cityscapes, and street scenes. These scenes often include people and animals, with the interaction very expressive, personal, and subtle. Collectors say they see new things in the paintings over time.”
Mr. Savides’ work was featured at Berkeley College in April 2011. His oil on canvas, “Wall Street – Early Morning” took first place at the Berkeley College “Change in Brooklyn” art competition held at the Brooklyn location. In December, he showcased a Parisian exhibit at the Berkeley College New York City Midtown Gallery, 3 East 43rd Street.
Other solo exhibitions include the Nabi Gallery, New York, NY; Gallery Alexie, New York, NY; Pene de Bois Gallery, New York, NY; and State of New York at Stony Brook, NY. Group shows include the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, NY (where he is a member); Frederick Galleries, Allenhurst, NJ; The Rising Arts Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; and Field Gallery, West Tisbury, MA.
For more information about the artist, visit www.nicksavides.com. For more details about the exhibit, please e-mail Berkeley Gallery Curator Robert Keiber at rjk@BerkeleyCollege.edu. or call 212-252-2065.
Photo Caption: “Café with Red Table,” one of a series of paintings from artist Nick Savides’ exhibit entitled “Reflections on Realism, Paintings from 1979-2012” is on display at the Berkeley College Brooklyn Gallery, 255 Duffield Street, Brooklyn, from March 5 through April 27.
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