Installation view of the exhibition Light by Nick Mcphail. Courtesy the artist and GALERIE MIGHELA SHAMA. Photo: Anouk Schneider.

Nick McPhail

LIGHTS Solo Show

24TH October - 14TH November 2019

Galerie Mighela Shama is honoured to welcome Nick McPhail, an American artist based in Los Angeles. Exhibited for the first time in Europe, Nick McPhail draws his inspiration from urban landscapes and plays with colours and light.

Nick McPhail

Installation view of the exhibition Light by Nick Mcphail. Courtesy the artist and Galerie Mighela Shama.

Photo: Anouk Schneider.

Born in 1982 in Laingsburg, Michigan, Nick McPhail is an artist painter and ceramist who lives and works in Los Angeles. He has always been fascinated by spaces and the way in which architecture commands and restrains movement. His first creations portray buildings and explore, in what can be illuminating and misleading, the interplay of shadows and colours. Today still, the urban environment, juxtaposed with natural features, remains his main source of inspiration. Everyday Images that he distorts and reworks until reality is no longer what we think it is. Nick McPhail's works are characterised by first coats of solid bright orange or pink that confer exceptional luminosity to the canvases - a Renaissance technique he is particularly fond of and has made his own -, overlapping textures, compression of space, warped perception between foreground and background. "I often disregard or alter the original light source until the final painting becomes somewhat unrecognizable. I'm happy to have a bit of disorientation in the work" he says.


Installation view of the exhibition Light by Nick Mcphail. Courtesy the artist and Galerie Mighela Shama.

Photo: Anouk Schneider.

Nick McPhail

Installation view of the exhibition Light by Nick Mcphail. Courtesy the artist and Galerie Mighela Shama.

Photo: Anouk Schneider.

Nick McPhail

Installation view of the exhibition Light by Nick Mcphail. Courtesy the artist and Galerie Mighela Shama.

Photo: Anouk Schneider.

Nick McPhail

Apartement, 2019, Oil on Paper, 45 x 61 cm.

Shadows and light. Urbanisation and vegetation. Cities that he's visited, and Los Angeles in particular, have inspired Nick McPhail for "Light". No less than 44 paintings, oils and watercolours, pay tribute to the artist's main sources of inspiration. Following several exhibitions throughout the United States, and before the prestigious Art Basel Miami show by Ochi Projects LA in December, the exhibition "Light" will be Nick McPhail's first European exhibition.



Nick McPhail

Street Parking, 2019, oil on paper, 41 x 51 cm.

Nick McPhail

Cul de Sac, 2019, Oil on paper, 45 x 61 cm

Installation view of the exhibition Light by Nick Mcphail. Courtesy the artist and Galerie Mighela Shama.

Photo: Anouk Schneider.