FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2011
Contact: Ilene Greenfield
Director of Media Relations
201-291-1111, ext. 1-5122
Berkeley College is exhibiting the paintings of Nick Savides at its New York City Midtown Gallery, First Floor Lobby, 3 East 43rd Street. This exhibit, which focuses on Parisian paintings, will be on display from December 5 through 30--Monday through Friday--from 9:00 am to 7:30 pm and on Saturday from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm. An artist’s reception will be held on Thursday, December 8, from 5:30 to 7:00 pm.
Earlier this year, Mr. Savides’ oil on canvas, Wall Street – Early Morning took first place at the Berkeley College “Change in Brooklyn” art competition held at 255 Duffield Street, Brooklyn.
Mr. Savides learned to paint as a young child 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. More recently, he was inspired to paint scenes from travels to Paris, France.
In describing his work, Mr. Savides says, “I paint using traditional oil and canvas. It’s a process that starts outdoors, and I look for a setting that inspires me. I concentrate on sections at a time and try not to rework as I’m doing this to keep the energy fresh and the painting alive.”
His 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 details about the artist, visit www.nicksavides.com. For more information about the exhibit, please e-mail Berkeley Gallery Curator Robert Keiber at rjk@BerkeleyCollege.edu. or call 212-252-2065.
Photo Caption: Inside the Louvre, Looking Out, one of a series of paintings from artist Nick Savides’ Parisian exhibit on display at the Berkeley College New York City Midtown Gallery, First Floor Lobby, 3 East 43rd Street, from December 5 through 30.
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