34" X 34" Mixed Media on Canvas
Artist: Nicholas Schmidt is a working artist in Winston Salem, North Carolina. Although he attended UNCSA for one academic year in the visual arts department, he is mostly a self taught artist. Relying on the tutelage of his friend and mentor, Jonathan Dockery, the two inspire one another through conversations over chess matches.
Schmidt's paintings follow the tradition of abstract expressionism and contemporary street art. He uses vibrant colors to create often figurative, stream of consciousness imagery.
In his series currently on display, Schmidt explores the relationship between performance street art and visual street art. Merging graffiti with images of anonymous street performers explores the artist's own struggle with the exhibition of his own work. This will be Schmidt's first exhibit in thirteen years largely due to his struggle with this concept.
"Juggler" by NICHOLAS SCHMIDT
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