Nicholas Baxter

Artist Statement

This week I had to come up with an artist statement in 450 characters or less, for this year’s upcoming East Austin Studio Tour, an open studios event of dizzying proportions that takes over all of the East Side for 2 weekends every November. ┬áIt’s an underground artist’s and crafty person’s wet dream of local creative energy.

Here is my most concise artist statement ever (proud that I avoided my usual excessive written verbosity):

My paintings deceive with photorealist illusion to unmask deeper truths of existence. From the mystifying expanse of outer space, to the visceral claustrophobia of surgical incisions, the beautiful flirts with the grotesque. Through these unlikely juxtapositions, I urge the viewer to question familiar assumptions, piercing the surface of what we often take for granted.

 

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