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About

Originally born in Belfast, Ireland, nik harron immigrated to Canada in 1981, and currently makes his home in Kitchener, Ontario.

His creative work spans several disciplines, but has focused in recent years on Canadian landscapes. His heavily textural approach to painting bridges the gap between traditional painting and sculpture.

Each painting begins with an initial white surface sculpted from heavy acrylic mediums, which is then stained and coated with many layers of coloured glazes. In some cases, additional detail is added by carving the surface to create fine marks which are sometimes refilled with heavily pigmented paint. Often, additional visual texture is highlighted by scrubbing the surface when wet, sanding or dissolving the top layer when dry to emphasize the underlying three-dimensional structure.

Due to the depth of the textures, the appearance of the paintings can appear to shift dramatically with the natural daily light cycle creating a dynamic visual experience.

Thematically, for nearly twenty years, his exhibited art has explored the surface of the world as a mirror to the inner landscape, highlighting the mundane fact that the most vivid realities of our lives are hidden within impenetrable surfaces.

“To contemplate  a landscape is to feel a deeply spiritual sense of connection to one’s surroundings, and can lead to deeply personal, self-reflexive experiences that reinforce the complexity of our experience and our inescapable bond with our environment.  When external appearances obscure the inner facts of our lives, it is only through a careful examination of our place in nature that we can peel away the layers to reveal something more deeply reflective of ourselves.”