Back in December, I wrote a short piece titled A Different View. The drabble prompt was, “Everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it”. Art is open to interpretation, it’s subjective. As with anything, some people will love it, others not so much, and the rest won’t give it the time of day. Good examples of this are the paintings by Michael Nighswonger, whose art shows were the inspiration for that drabble.
At times, I thought some of his pieces should be painted over. But in general, I like his paintings, some I absolutely love. They’re the ones that reach out and grab me, make me go “Hmm”, or make me want to dive into the swirling pool of color. Some of them I’d like to give a home to, but currently lack the space or the means. Nighswonger’s work tends to vary in dimension from a few feet to a whole wall.
A surfer boy from Los Angeles, Michael Nighswonger currently resides in North Carolina. His paintings can be seen in homes and businesses across the United States. Earlier this year, some of his work joined the permanent collection in the Prudential Center, home of the New Jersey Devils hockey team.
I don’t want to classify Nighswonger’s style, but I can best describe it as a bold use of color, textured to the point of three dimensional, vividly serene, serenely vivid, and personal. When looking at his pieces Jackson Pollock, Georgia O’Keefe, or Monet may come to mind, but Nighswonger’s works are truly his own expressions. Take a look at some of his paintings, what do they say to you?