Nick Archer's paintings focus on our relationship with the natural world and its place in our imagination.
The paintings are at first glance made from beautiful passages of rich colour which have been flooded onto the canvas, creating landscapes that echo hollow fear and inner amazement. An imaginary landscape, where a seemingly enchanted landscape lifts off the canvas and into the mind’s eye.
The figure (often a child) is on a journey but appears dwarfed and overwhelmed by the beauty of its surroundings. The power of nature and its sublime qualities are the central force within these paintings and his method betrays a magic in spite the dark places he takes us.
In these paintings, we discover an unsettling balance, between childlike wonder and a more grown-up fear of loneliness. The passage of time and the journey through life are implied through the journey of the artists’ gestures on the canvas.
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