NICHOLAS LIMA

Opening Reception
Friday, August 7, 2020

WEATHER

These works are an exploration of elemental forces which shape and erode our world. All forms of weather; atmospheric, geologic and man-made, leave their mark on the landscape and its inhabitants. The same glaciers which shaped the White Mountains, are the melting glaciers which will alter ocean currents and human migration in ways we can only hypothesise.
How our collective economic activities will shape weather patterns of tomorrow is hotly contested, but yet to be seen.

Lima works from observation, memory and intuition to create imaginary landscapes. Marks echo the processes of creation and decay; he uses additive and reductive methods in drawing, painting and printmaking. Chance operations add spontaneity and immediacy to the work. To arrive at the place between subliminal recognition and sensation is the destination.

Lima was born in New Bedford, MA in 1982. “Growing up around maritime history develops in you a thirst for discovery; notions of being bound to one place do not apply to you,” he said.  He has spent many hiking and sketching trips in his ancestral archipelago of the Azores. The dramatic cliffs, volcanic vents and sulfuric caverns have had a profound effect on his imagination and picture-making sensibilities.

Lima received a BFA from UMass Dartmouth, and studied printmaking for one year in Lisbon, Portugal. He said his professors in Lisbon encouraged him to take more chances with his mark-making, to look not just with eyes,and to trust his intuition.

Lima relocated to the mountains three years ago to draw inspiration from the landscape. He is currently enrolled in the Visual Arts MFA program at Vermont College of Fine Arts, and he works from my home studio in Lyndonville, VT.