Study of Collapse and Other Works
November 18, 2017 - January 6, 2018
In elegant works combining painting and sculpture, Lethbridge artist Nick Wade connects 2-D painted patterns and designs with 3-D objects that echo domestic items like a shelf, drawer, or cabinet. Light and shadow are essential parts of the works, as Wade plays with perspective and illumination to change the appearance of both form and colour. His sculptures are intriguing works that move between rationality and instability, and as Wade comments, “the works give rise, for me, to enticing philosophical questions about the illumination of colour, simultaneity of vision (perception of 2-D and 3-D spaces at once) and the transcendent possibilities of everyday space” (artist statement, 2017).
Nicholas Wade was born in Essex, England. He grew up in Kingston, Ontario and attended St. Lawrence College and York University, where he specialized in intaglio printmaking. He spent several years at the Banff School of Fine Arts working in both printmaking and sculpture, before completing the Master of Fine Arts Program at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. He has presented 20 solo exhibitions and participated in numerous group exhibitions in Canada, and his work is held in the collections of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Canada Council Art Bank, York University and the Banff Centre for the Arts, amongst others. He taught at Queen’s University, David Thompson University Centre in Nelson, Brock University, Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and The Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, before moving to Lethbridge in 1994. He taught fine art at the University of Lethbridge until 2011, and now maintains a studio practice in both Lethbridge and Ontario.