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Nicholas Pope
updated: 12/19/2008
 
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Patch of Earth
Patch of Earth (detail)
Patch of Earth (detail2)
Maryanna Manfred
Maryanna Manfred (detail)
Freya Manfred
Freya Manfred (detail)
Robert Bly
Amos Sheldon
Self-Portrait
Ruth Bly
Jessica Scott
Eucalyptus
Plant Pattern
 
 
Portfolio Keywords:  nature, craft, figurative, information, meditative, memory, organic, mimetic, pattern
 
 
Patch of Earth by Nicholas Pope
Patch of Earth
pencil on paper
2008
60 " x  60 " 
Patch of Earth (detail) by Nicholas Pope
Patch of Earth (detail)
pencil on paper
2008
60 " x  60 " 
Patch of Earth (detail2) by Nicholas Pope
Patch of Earth (detail2)
pencil on paper
2008
60 " x  60 " 
Maryanna Manfred by Nicholas Pope
Maryanna Manfred
pencil on paper
2008
38" x  31" 
Maryanna Manfred (detail) by Nicholas Pope
Maryanna Manfred (detail)
pencil on paper
2008
38" x  31" 
Freya Manfred by Nicholas Pope
Freya Manfred
pencil on paper
2007
38" x  31" 
Freya Manfred (detail) by Nicholas Pope
Freya Manfred (detail)
pencil on paper
2007
38" x  31" 
Robert Bly by Nicholas Pope
Robert Bly
pencil on paper
2007
14" x  11" 
Amos Sheldon by Nicholas Pope
Amos Sheldon
pencil on paper
2007
14" x  11" 
Self-Portrait by Nicholas Pope
Self-Portrait
pencil on paper
2007
14" x  11" 
Ruth Bly by Nicholas Pope
Ruth Bly
pencil on paper
2007
14" x  11" 
Jessica Scott by Nicholas Pope
Jessica Scott
pencil on paper
2007
14" x  11" 
Eucalyptus by Nicholas Pope
Eucalyptus
pencil on paper
2007
10" x  8" 
Plant Pattern by Nicholas Pope
Plant Pattern
pencil on paper
2007
10" x  8" 

Artist Statement

My photorealistic drawings of people and natural phenomena insist that even the ordinary is worthy of extreme scrutiny – that every diminutive, “missable” object is alive, singular, and “holy,” and that everyday occurrences must be appreciated with care, reverence, and gratitude. Aesthetically, the goal of a few of these pieces is to amplify the dialectical tension between abstract pattern and recognizable object, between actual photograph and crafted, illusionistic surface. They touch upon the themes of anonymity, individuation, self-discovery, transience, artistic appropriation and originality.


Drawing faces is a form of exploration and remembrance of the people I’ve known or loved. To me, the human face is an abiding, lyrical, and mysterious landscape – warranting rigorous investigation, gentle care, and passionate awe. In these drawings, minute details have a cumulative effect: in a single moment our visual field is flooded, and the face we see becomes a living, flickering jewel. While the photographs of people are often commonplace, banal, or “snapshot-like,” the images I draw embody the heart or core of what I know of that person – the ineffable and fundamental “feeling” of them. The intense, meditative, intimate, tactile process of working in pencil is a way of learning about my subjects, remembering and celebrating them, and acknowledging the entropy, frailty and mortality of my own life by literally “caressing” it and staring directly at its face.


My reverence and awe of human will, empirical scrutiny and painstaking craft runs parallel to my belief in the reproducibility and reducibility of nature, to the notion that a primary consideration of the beauty of nature is its complexity, its ability to be known, understood, and re-created – and the great human capacity to do so. The classical, stark purity of the pencil medium distills and clarifies the subject in its simplicity, necessity and directness.

Artist Bio / CV

EDUCATION

2004 – 2007 University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
M.F.A. in Painting and Drawing. GPA: 3.96/4.0
Thesis: “Photorealism and Hyperrealism: Imperatives, Implications, and Considerations.” Awarded one of two prestigious University of Minnesota Graduate School Fellowships.

1999 – 2003 Stanford University, Stanford, CA.
B.A. in Studio Art, and minor in Psychology. GPA: 3.77/4.0 Extensive coursework in Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Design, Printmaking, and Digital Media.

2002 Summer Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL. Supplemental coursework. GPA: 4.0/4.0



MUSEUMS

Purchased in 2007 Gerard L. Cafesjian Museum of Art. Armenia. Drawing, “Freya Manfred.”



ART EXHIBITIONS

Fall 2008 Robbin Gallery Exhibition, Robbinsdale, MN.

Fall 2008 Blake School Alumni Art Exhibition, Minneapolis, MN.

Fall 2008 Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition. Minneapolis, MN. 2nd Place and People’s Choice Award.

Fall 2007 Blake School Alumni Art Exhibition, Minneapolis, MN.

Summer 2007 Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition. Minneapolis, MN. 1st Place and People’s Choice Award.

Spring 2007 Katherine Nash Gallery, MFA Thesis Exhibition, Minneapolis, MN.

Fall 2006 Blake School Alumni Art Exhibition, Minneapolis, MN.

Fall 2006 Katherine Nash Gallery, Fresh Works II Show, Minneapolis, MN.

Fall 2006 Carlson Exhibition, Minneapolis, MN.

Summer 2006 Katherine Nash Gallery, North American Graduate Art Survey, Minneapolis, MN.

Summer 2006 Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition, Minneapolis, MN. 2nd Place and People’s Choice Award. Featured in the Minneapolis Star Tribune and Twin Cities Pioneer Press.

Spring 2006 Carlson Exhibition, Minneapolis, MN.

Fall 2005 Carlson Exhibition, Minneapolis, MN.

Fall 2005 Hinkley Fire House Exhibition, Hinkley, MN.

Fall 2005 Katherine Nash Gallery, Fresh Works Show, Minneapolis, MN.

Summer 2005 Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition, Minneapolis, MN.

Fall 2004 Katherine Nash Gallery, Mandatory 1 Show, Minneapolis, MN.

Spring 2003 Thomas Welton Stanford Art Gallery, Stanford University, CA.

Spring 2003 Faculty Club Exhibition, Stanford University, CA.

Summer 1999 Walker Art Center: Hot Art Injection, Minneapolis, MN.