Statement and Resume

Statement:

The objective of my art is to recreate the natural world that surrounds and forms us. We are increasingly separate from nature, living more and more in a manmade and designed environment. Through my study of the wilderness, I hope to renew an interest and desire not only to protect, but also appreciate, the natural world.

My work is concerned with beauty and the picturesque landscape: the clear, blue day that warms the soul; the waterfall that flows with sound and movement; the peacefulness of an afternoon stream; the colors of a tree changing seasons. The challenge is to present these experiences in a way that engages the viewer. The artists who have most influenced my work are the great American landscape painters of the 19th Century, the European Impressionists, and the landscape painters of China and Japan.

My method is to go into the wilderness and photograph, returning to the studio to paint. Working with the photograph allows me to capture a place, one moment in time, one season at a time. The photograph is the starting point of a search for a new reality. I take apart the photograph and reassemble it in a painterly manner, and a new landscape evolves. I project slides on the canvas, and paint as though I am looking through a window. This window allows me to constantly view and experience what I am painting. It also serves as a reminder of the atmosphere that I have witnessed, its sounds and its smells.

Printmaking has always been a special medium to me. I have been fascinated by the qualities and the possibilities inherent in the various printmaking processes, and the ability to make multiples of an image. Early in my career I was exposed to relief printing, particularly woodcuts. Although now I do more silk screens, the two mediums have much in common. Silk screens allow a painterly approach to printing, along with a rich color unobtainable in any other process. My approach to printmaking has not been to reproduce a painting, but to recreate the image in a new and exciting medium.

I want my art to be positive and uplifting. I want it to wake people up to the natural world around them. I want it to give them a respite from the stresses of everyday life.

Resume:

Date of Birth:

January 17, 1948

Education:


1973 - M.F.A., Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York
1970 - BA, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
1969 - Ecoles Des Beaux Arts, Fontainebleau, France

Selected Exhibitions:

2015


- Aug. & Sept., "40 Years in the Blue Ridge," a retrospective, Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH

- Trumbull branch, Howland, August 9th - September 27th, 2015

2013


- "40 Years in the Blue Ridge," Penninsula Fine Arts Center, Newport News, Virginia

2010


- Harnett Biennale of American Prints, University of Richmond Museums, Richmond, VA

2009


- US Embassy, Madagascar, "Art in Embassies Program"

2005


– "Renascence," an international exhibition commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Post earthquake restoration in Kobe, Japan, held at the Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, Kobe, JAPAN

2004


- "Artists Painting in Watermedia," Hermitage Foundation Museum, Norfolk, VA
- "National Print Biennale," University of Richmond, Richmond, VA
- "Virginia Landscapes," American Embassy, Uzbekistan

2003


- National Print Triennial, Silvermine Arts Guild, New Canaan, CT

2001


- "Florence International Biennale," Invitational (December), ITALY
- Solo Exhibition, Blue Ridge Art Center (November), Front Royal, VA
- "Landscape 2001," International Juried Exhibition, Period Gallery, Omaha, NE

2000


- "The Virginia Landscape: A Cultural History," The Virginia Historical Museum, Richmond, VA

1999


- "Recent Acquisitions," Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson

1998


- Solo Exhibition, Twentieth Century Gallery, Williamsburg, VA

1997


- "International Triennial of Print,", Osaka, JAPAN
- Solo Exhibition, "Twenty-Five Years, a Retrospective," Walker Art Center, Woodberry Forest School, Orange, VA
- Solo Exhibition, Capricorn Gallery, Bethesda, MD
- "18th Annual Paper in Particular," Columbia College, Columbia, MO
- "Editions: Printmaking Invitational," Arts Council of Winston-Salem, NC

1996


- "International Triennial of Painting," Osaka Foundation of Culture, Osaka, Japan
- "1996 Print Biennial, " The Silvermine Guild, New Canaan, CN
- "Eight Points of View" of our Natural Environment, An Exhibition of
- Contemporary Printmakers, Keystone College, La Plume, PA

1995


- "Get Real," Fitchburg Museum of Art, Fitchburg, MA
- "Los Angeles Printmaking Society Juried Membership Exhibition," Brand Library Art Galleries, Glendale, CA
- "Rocky Mountain National" Watermedia Exhibition, Golden, CO
- "Counterpoint: 27th Annual Juried Drawing, Photography, Printmaking Exhibition," Hills County Art Foundation, Ingram, TX

1994


- San Diego Watercolor Society International Exhibition, Paway, CA Certificate of Achievement
- "International Triennial Competition of Print," Osaka Foundation of Culture, Osaka, Japan

1993

- "International Triennial Competition of Painting, "Osaka Foundation Culture, Osaka, Japan.
- "Sapporo International Print Biennale," Sapporo, Japan

1992


- Habikino City Gallery, Habikino, Japan

1991


- "International Triennial Competition of Print," Purchase Award, Osaka Foundation of Culture, Osaka, Japan
- "The 4th Biennial Exhibition of Prints in Wakayama,"Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama, Japan
- Solo Exhibition, Cudahy’s Gallery, Richmond, VA

1990


- "Harmony and Discord: American Landscape Today,"Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA

1988


- Solo Exhibition, Rich Perlow Gallery, New York
- Solo Exhibition, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio

1987


- "The Desind Collection," Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio
- Solo Exhibition, New Bern Art Center, New Bern,North, Carolina

1985


- Solo Exhibition, Appalachian State University, Boone,North Carolina
- "Nine Realists," Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art,Winston-Salem, North Carolina

1984


- Solo Exhibition, OK Harris Gallery, Scottsdale, Arizona

1983


- Solo Exhibition, Osuna Gallery, Washington, DC.
- "Virginia Landscapes," Washington and Lee University,Lexington, VA

1982

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- "Eleven Washington Artists," Ganon University, Erie, PA

1980


- "Southern Realists," Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, MS

Public Collections:

American Financial Services Association, Washington, DC
American Republic Insurance Company, Des Moines, IA
Arthur Young International, Richmond, VA
AT&T, NY
Bank of America, Charlotte, NC
Bank South, Birmingham, ALA
Boston University, Boston, MA
Central Fidelity Bank, Richmond, VA
Crestar Bank, Richmond, VA
Chigai-UpJohn, Chicago, ILL
Dominion Bank, Richmond, VA
Ellis National Bank, Sarasota, FL
The Enstar Group, Montgomery, ALA
The Equitable Life Assurance Society, Milford, CONN
Ethyl Corporation, Richmond, VA
First National City Bank, NY
Florida National Bank, Jacksonville, FLA
Habikino Cultural Center, Habikino City, JAPAN
The Homestead Resort, Hot Springs, VA
IBM, Cary, NC
IT&T
Longwood College, Farmville, VA
Merrill Lynch, Birmingham, ALA
Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson
Nynex Corporation, NY
Osaka Contemporary Arts Center, JAPAN
Pepsi-Cola Corporation, Richmond, VA
Philip-Morris Corporation, Richmond, VA
Prudential Insurance Company, Newark, NJ
Rhone-Poulenc Rorer, Inc., Collegeville, PA
R. J. Reynolds, Winston-Salem, NC
Richmond Newspapers, Richmond, VA
Riggs National Bank, Washington, DC
Tupperware International
United States Federal Reserve Bank, Richmond, VA
University of Virginia Hospital, Charlottesville
Valley National Bank of Arizona, Scottsdale
Sterling Corporation, Philadelphia, PA
Virginia Historical Museum, Richmond
Virginia Bar Association, Richmond
Tama Art University Museum, Tokyo, JAPAN
Washington & Lee University, Lexington, VA
Wheat Securities, Richmond, VA
Xerox Corporation

Juried Member:

Los Angeles Printmaking Society

Selected Articles:

“Responding to Nature in Paintings & Prints”, the art of Frederick Nichols, by Stephen Doherty,

American Artist Magazine, June, 1997

“Splendid Light: The translucent Art of Fred Nichols,” by Emily Tucker

Albemarle Magazine, September, 1997

Cover Artist, Osaka Cultural Journal (Japan), Winter, 1992

Cover Artist, “Clean Water Act of 1987,” US Congress