Surfacing

 

Recent works by Nick Baxter 

June 9 – July 8, 2007 

Opening Reception June 9, 5-9 pm 



The fine art gallery space at Off The Map Tattoo Studio in Easthampton, Massachusetts, will present an exhibition of paintings and photographs by Nick Baxter entitled ‘Surfacing.’ The exhibition, which is Nick’s first ever solo showing, will open on June 9 and continue through July 8, 2007, and will feature 20 all new, thematically interwoven works. The opening reception from 5 – 9 pm on June 9 will coincide with the ongoing Art Walk Easthampton event, which takes place on the second Saturday of every month. 



A multi-faceted fine artist and well-known tattooer working in southern Connecticut for several years now, this is Nick Baxter’s first opportunity to bring his artistic vision to the masses in the scope and form of a one-man show. This exhibition will feature ten interlocking and interrelated photorealistic oil paintings of fleshy, grotesque, layered macro-scapes. These will be juxtaposed with ten large-scale photographs of similar subject matter, with the goal of blurring the distinctions between the two mediums in order to further enhance the somewhat surreal, conceptualized content of the works. This approach will help immerse the viewer even more into Nick’s ongoing artistic theme of wavering logical and emotional certainties, warped realities and disorienting paradoxes, which he uses as a means of portraying the phenomena of violence, alienation, fear, and the denial of death in our crumbling and chaotic (post)modern society. This dark outlook is not all that Nick aims to offer, however, as the works in this show will include symbols of emerging beauty and ragged hope to help illustrate the positive intentions of the theme ‘Surfacing.’ To further this positive message and help provide answers to the often shocking and grim questions that his artwork aims to evoke, Nick will be giving away a myriad of completely free literature in the form of pamphlets, ‘zines, and even books. This material will deal with the social and political themes underlying Nick’s artwork from a primarily anarchist perspective, but all are invited to come view the artwork and read about some possible solutions to the problems facing our lives and our world. 



Nick Baxter was born in 1981 in New Haven Connecticut, and has been a lifelong resident of the state. Following a lifelong passion for creative self-expression, as a high school senior he was granted placement in the Visual Arts Department at the Educational Center for the Arts, a magnet school in New Haven CT. He then attended the Paier College of Art in Hamden CT (Dean’s List) before pursuing a career in tattooing, while continuing to develop and pursue his interest in other fine art mediums such as painting, mixed media collage, and photography. Now tattooing six full years, Nick has gained international acclaim in the body art community for his thought-provoking, innovative motifs and has become widely recognized by others in the tattoo industry for his combination of fine art and technical tattooing skills. He has shown fine art works in numerous group exhibitions since 2003, and has been featured in every major tattoo art magazine (see attached CV for list of previous exhibitions and bibliography). 



Off The Map Tattoo Studio is located at 112 Cottage Street in the quaint New England town of Easthampton MA, a community known for its progressive charm, and friendly, relaxing small-town atmosphere. Easthampton is just minutes off of Interstate 91 (Exit 17B in MA), and approximately 40 minutes from Bradley International Airport in CT. Off The Map’s regular business and gallery hours are daily from 12-6 pm. For further information or detailed directions to the tattoo studio and its fine art gallery space, call 413-527-6574, email them through (frontdesk@offthemaptattoo.com), or view the website at (www.offthemaptattoo.com). For interviews or direct correspondence with Nick Baxter, contact him through his website email address. For a comprehensive collection of Nick’s artwork in all of his preferred mediums, visit his website at (www.nickbaxter.com)