Structure with trees, 2019 by Nick McPhail
Nick McPhail is a painter and ceramist from Los Angeles. His work emerges from meditations on mundanity that reveal the innermost complexities of the psyche. The center of his artworks is portraying subjects like gates, stairs, doorways and walls set against overgrown vegetation and trees, capturing the relationship between nature and the built environment to show an emotional state, a surreal dream or a layered memory. By using traditional Renaissance techniques of layering and underpainting, he creates light emanating from within a scene.