The compositions of Nick Terry’s watercolors are distilled from the inherent qualities of the materials he works with and the openness of his method to unforeseen developments. In his latest series, dating from the past several years, large rolls of application tape are employed as a substrate. The thin, crepe-like paper induces the paint to pool into rivulets, pools, and crevices. Terry next edits down from each original large-scaled sheet, isolating and developing areas of interest, working free from the confines of a predetermined proportion. The scale and shape of each finished painting is the direct result of this process.
Nick Terry (b. 1966, Paris, France), lives and works in Marfa, Texas. Recent exhibitions include two large solo exhibitions at Gensler Architecture, New York (2014, 2016), and There Is No Such Thing As Monochrome, BWA Modern Art, Tarnów, Poland (2017). He has participated in numerous group exhibitions, including at the Danese Gallery, New York, NY (2015), Charlotte Jackson Gallery, Santa Fe, NM (2015), the Marfa Book Company, Marfa, TX (2018). In 2016 he participated in Oficina de Arte, an artist-residency program in Mexico City. Tape Paintings, a recent publication on his recent work, produced by Ken Botnick, with an essay by art historian Matthew Simms, is available here.