George Nick: Judging by Appearances

George Nick, Maynard Spring, 26 March 2000, 40 x 40inches, oil on linen
George Nick, Maynard Spring, 26 March 2000, 40 x 40inches, oil on linen

Larry Groff posts an extensive tribute to painter George Nick to accompany the exhibition Galvanized Truth: A Tribute to George Nick, featuring 37 of Nick's colleagues and students, Curated by Kim Alemian, on view at The Art Complex Museum in Duxbury, Massachusetts through September 9, 2012.

Groff's post includes quotes from Nick's teaching as well as the catalogue essay Judging by Appearances by painter Christopher Chippendale which begins: "George Nick once said that he began studying painting because he was interested in the world and painting seemed like a good way to learn about it. Conceived as such, painting was an investigative tool that, when turned outward to the world, could yield truths and meaning and an understanding of why things are the way they are. Later, as a teacher, Nick would present his students a way of thinking about painting that, while practical and concrete, was geared toward the sort of enquiry he had envisaged when he himself started painting. Based in the fluid world of perception, this way of thinking had at its core the conviction that the aesthetic and the ethical are not so far apart in painting, that knowledge comes from a search for what is right and what is truthful."