Nick Lepard- Face to Face
To this young artist a portrait is not a representation of somebody since it only portraits a mere moment of a person that exists through time, however, Nick Lepard definitely has the ability to intrigue a viewer with his raw portraits. He gained notoriety in Vancouver with his large-scale self-portraits and portraits of friends. Born in 1983, this Vancouver artist accomplished his first solo exhibition fresh out of school in 2008 at the Diane Farris Gallery, a gallery that has been representing Lepard since the summer of 2006 when he had his first group exhibition.
Nick Lepard’s first solo exhibition titled “Isabella” is an enigmatic name to be given to a collection of male portraits. It seems as if the antithesis between the title and the paints are meant to soften the harsh paint strokes used to capture the faces of his subjects. His paintings carry a profound depth in them, displaying an artistic maturity that goes beyond his years. Lepard’s most recent exhibition titled “Chronophobic” includes the portraits of women, other males, as well as self-portraits, following a recurring theme in his art career. This time however, there seems to be a bit more of sensitiveness in his work, and though the strokes are still strong and the paintings striking, it touches our perception buds with a different taste. “Chronophobic” is meant to in Lepard’s own words “explore notions of singularity, concepts of time and patterns of change”. Nick Lepard without a doubt is here to stay, and if this is just the beginning, then I am excited to follow his progress and I invite you to tag along.