fair enough

Oil painting by Nicholas Harper titled Sophie depicting a woman with big hair holding an owl that has been blindfolded
Sophie | by Nicholas Harper | Oil on panel | 2017

I was about 20 years old the first time I entered a painting into the Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Competition. It didn’t get accepted. Fair enough (pun), the painting sucked. In fact, the oil paint might have still been wet when I dropped it off and nails poked through the back of my shoddy makeshift frame, that can’t help ones chances… I then entered numerous more times only to have my ego repeatedly dashed against the jagged rocks of the unrelenting shores that is the Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Competition. Continue reading “fair enough”

prologue no. 1

poster for prologue solo exhibit featuring Nicholas Harper
PROLOGUE, Solo Exhibit by Nicholas Harper

PROLOGUE No. 1 Featuring Nicholas Harper
Runs thru Sept 2nd, 2017

A prologue is a separate introductory section of a literary or musical work. In the context of my paintings, this exhibit represents the start of something, although of what to be exact, I do not know. A few older works (1 to 3 years old) dot the gallery. Intermingled with those pieces are a number of newer paintings (studies really) that represent my intention to explore and invent within my preexisting artistic framework while not being tethered to it.

The mid to late summer of 2017 has been defined by playfulness and curiosity where my work is concerned. Painting with acrylic paint rather than oils has offered me an opportunity to concoct new palettes and visual dramas across the panel allowing texture, layering and brushwork to captivate and elicit emotional responses beyond the subject matter and composition.

Throughout the month of August, this exhibit will invariably change, as new pieces will be added as they are completed, replacing older works.

Prologue No. 1 is, as its definition stipulates, just the beginning.

devil’s in the details art exhibition

I’ve been dormant for the past couple of weeks while I was painting and prepping the gallery for the newest exhibit which opens tomorrow evening, May 12th. I hope you can make it! For all the deets, visit www.roguebuddha.com or the FB event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/427763604258772/


bella donna

This was a short movie I made about three years ago showing the progress of my painting Bella Donna.  If the girl in the dress looks familiar it should, as it was my rendering of a painting by Mark Ryden.

The painting was finished just a day or two before heading to an exhibit at Gallery 360 where it sold prior to the opening reception.  I never really got to live with her before she went to her new home which makes this little movie even more special for me.

Hope you enjoy!  Cheers!

pop life

My painting Metanoia went to its new home recently. As I was wrapping her for transport in her Cellophane Bubble Shroud (the name of my next metal band), I couldn’t help but notice she kinda looked neat popping through the bubbles. Ha, pun intended, wonder if I can fit one more into this post. Whatever the case I liked the look so took a photo. Perhaps there’s a bit of a pop artist in me yet…