NICK BIERK : PAINTINGS: JUNE 8 -JULY 2, 2017

Memento Mori (for my father), 2016, oil on panel, 28 x 38 inches SOLD

Memento Mori (for my father), 2016, oil on panel, 28 x 38 inches SOLD

"Portraiture has been a constant in my painting practice. It was exposed to me at a young age by my late father, David Bierk, through his own practice and through the artists he loved and admired. Additionally, he instilled in me a strong desire to let the studio be a place to play, explore and fail. Because of this my work jumps around in terms of its subject matter and execution, yet remains connected by a dotted line that leads back to him."-Nick Bierk

“If David had a fault, it was to be too good at too many things, never denying his constantly burgeoning curiosities long enough to focus on any one thing. In the maelstrom of his creative energies, his boys found their own moorage, and Nick, I think, fastened onto his father’s interest in precedent, history, and the myriad ways painting can be made.” - Excerpt from exhibition catalogue AFTER, text by Murray Whyte

Nick Bierk (b 1985) grew up in Peterborough Ontario. He studied painting at the Rhode Island School of Design. Bierk lives and works in Toronto and has exhibited his work in Canada and the United States.
 

Lovesick, 2017, oil on canvas, 48 x 38 inches SOLD

Lovesick, 2017, oil on canvas, 48 x 38 inches SOLD

Stephen Appleby-Barr, 2017, oil on canvas, 64 x 44 inches

Stephen Appleby-Barr, 2017, oil on canvas, 64 x 44 inches

Heather, after Richter, 2017, oil on paper, 16 x 12 inches SOLD

Heather, after Richter, 2017, oil on paper, 16 x 12 inches SOLD

Inez, 2017, oil on canvas, 21 x 28 inches NFS

Inez, 2017, oil on canvas, 21 x 28 inches NFS

Poppies (for Jeff and Alex), 2016, oil on canvas, 44 x 44 inches

Poppies (for Jeff and Alex), 2016, oil on canvas, 44 x 44 inches

Mandible, 2016, oil on canvas, 18 x 18 inches

Mandible, 2016, oil on canvas, 18 x 18 inches

Summer Storm 2, 2017, oil on prepared paper, 12 x 16 inches

Summer Storm 2, 2017, oil on prepared paper, 12 x 16 inches

Summer Storm 1, 2017, oil on prepared paper, 12 x 16 inches

Summer Storm 1, 2017, oil on prepared paper, 12 x 16 inches

Mask I, 2016, oil on masonite,10 x 8 inches

Mask I, 2016, oil on masonite,10 x 8 inches

Mask II, 2016, oil on cardboard, 12 x 10 inches

Mask II, 2016, oil on cardboard, 12 x 10 inches

Flowers (for my mother), 2016, oil on canvas, 48 x 36 inches

Flowers (for my mother), 2016, oil on canvas, 48 x 36 inches

Living Room (Family Portrait), 2016, mixed media on canvas, 48  x 48 inches SOLD

Living Room (Family Portrait), 2016, mixed media on canvas, 48  x 48 inches SOLD

Heather, 2017,oil on paper, 11 x 8 inches

Heather, 2017,oil on paper, 11 x 8 inches

Heather (2) , 2017,oil on paper, 11 x 8 inches

Heather (2) , 2017,oil on paper, 11 x 8 inches