Fine Arts Alumnus Rob Nicholls (MFA 2012) has his first solo show at Angell Gallery in Toronto. The show, Backwoods Song, runs from Friday, Feb. 2 to Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 with an opening reception on Feb. 2 at 7:00 p.m.
Rob builds his gem-like surfaces from muted under-painting, an approach he learned during an internship in New York. “I was working for an artist who had me gesso the grounds of his paintings, which would then be built up into surfaces resembling faux marble or granite,” he says. “I use a comparable process because I want to create a tension between an ultra-smooth surface and an illusion of texture and depth.”