Ones to Watch: Nicolas Chen
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The work of emerging Melbourne-based artist Nicolas Chen may well be the revival of still life we never knew we needed. Nicolas’ technical skill and keen eye for tone was honed through his years of study, first at the Julian Ashton Art School in Sydney then later at the Florence Academy of Art in Italy.
While trained in tonal realism and oil painting, his exploration of the classical genres of still life, landscape and portraiture have a subtle contemporary edge. Layering of sheer oil paints and bold brush strokes give the works a translucent effect, almost as if you were viewing each scene in a delicate and beautiful dreamlike state.