Nick Savides learned to paint from his mother at three years old and hasn't stopped since. Inspired by the works of Edward Hopper, the quiet energy within his art captures a palpable sensation of both light and place. The paintings' range encompasses urban scenes and architecture, landscapes and nature, and the figure and portraiture. After receiving a BA Magna Cum Laude in Fine Art from Brandeis University, Nick began a career as an American Realist painter. Starting out, he focused on paintings of people in interior settings, drawing on Jan Vermeer as an influence. It was then that the effects of light became ─ and stayed ─ a key ingredient in his paintings. The paintings capture a sense of time and place with a certain understatement, as many of the titles would suggest, such as “Wall Street – Early Morning” or “Grand Canyon at Sunrise”. They grip you by inviting you in with the familiar and showing you more than you expected. Since his first solo show in 1980, he has exhibited in many group and solo shows in New York City, as well as Massachusetts, Long Island, upstate New York and New Jersey. His work is included in numerous private and public collections, and was featured on June Middleton's "Minding Your Business," which aired on the Manhattan Neighborhood Network in 2010. Twice published by Nabi Press, he recently had a retrospective at Berkeley College (March 5 - April 27, 2012). Nick lives and paints in Brooklyn.
My paintings have a calming effect; if they were music, the melody would be soft and soothing. Influenced by artists such as Jan Vermeer and Edward Hopper, I strive to create paintings that capture a sense of time and place. They draw you in with the familiar and show you more than you expected. They invite you to interpret them by inventing your own versions of the stories behind them. I'm inspired by the effects of light, and by people going about their everyday lives - in the city, the country, at home or when traveling. I work out the basic composition onsite and start to get ideas about what I will do. I like to spend time with the composition and reflect and refine. For this reason, I continue the process in the studio, beginning with a small oil sketch to make sure the composition is bold enough to carry across the room.