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Nicholas Sistler

Nicholas Sistler’s art is about visual and perceptual games, and sometimes about space and spatial distortion. A balancing of subject matter, composition, color, technique, and scale — often in the same piece — is at the core of his work. The creative process is one of purposeful play. Whether a collection of artworks is representational, abstract, text based, or inspired by images, each piece is realized intuitively; the first idea for a picture growing and evolving until fully formed as each element dictates. The miniature size of each completed work encourages close inspection, creating an intimate and personal viewing experience. What appears tiny on the expanse of a wall inevitably enlarges our notions of space and perspective.

Vacancy, photo-polymer intaglio print, 3"x6"
Unexpected Invitation, photo-polymer intaglio print, 3"x6"
Composition 75 (revelatory radiance), gouache on paperboard, 4"x4"
Composition #80, gouache on paperboard, 4"x4"
Composition 81 (reluctant recognition), gouache on paperboard, 4"x4"
Composition 83 (reliable reservoir), gouache on paperboard, 4"x4"
Composition 84 (red-hot recipe), gouache on paperboard, 4"x4"
Composition 86 (reactive rearrangement), gouache on paperboard, 4"x4"
Composition 91 (refracted remnant), gouache on paperboard, 4"x4"
Composition 93 (rejuvenating recollection), gouache on paperboard, 4"x4"
Composition 95 (referential repercussion), gouache on paperboard, 4"x4"
Composition 96 (rising reflection), gouache on paperboard, 4"x4"
Composition 98 (remembered ritual), gouache on paperboard, 4"x4"
Funny?, gouache on paperboard, 4"x4"
Betrayal, gouache on paperboard, 4.5"x4.5"
Betrayal, gouache on paperboard, 4.5"x4.5"
Domesticity, gouache on paperboard, 4"x4"
Subliminal Suggestion, gouache on paperboard, 5.25"x3.25"