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Nigel van Wieck

Tatistcheff & Company

In seeking to make feeling the basis of a new contemporary narrative art, Nigel van Wieck has developed a highly suggestive mode of image-making, one of patently seductive appeal. Working in a forthright, descriptive realist vein, the artist presents discreet glimpses of the private side of human relationships in this group of recent pastels. A keen observer of life, he bases the compositions partly on his own experiences. Yet van Wieck uses models, so his compositions also have a somewhat staged quality. Most of his work focuses on the themes of sex and romance.

American Landscape, 1989, has both a cool veneer and a heavy smoldering air of expectation about it. It is a night scene of a young man and woman alone on a platform waiting for a train, which is visible some distance away. Placed in the foreground, the couple—he, leaning against a pole, nonchalant in his dark glasses, and she,

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