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Summer is just around the corner in Norway, the rain and wind is pounding the glass ceiling at Nicholas studio at Sem in Asker, Norway. He works inside a massive greenhouse, where the gardening is well underway. The smell of flowers and wet paint filled the massive greenhouse.
In one corner Nicholas stands and paints. Almost every hour someone drops there head in to say hello, In the background piano music is playing. It is late May, and Nicholas is finishing his last painting, in a project he called “Deconstruction”
-if you look at something so close that you can not focus, you will only see colours blur into one and other, and that is what I am painting.- The project has ten finished paintings, but Nicholas is not sure if there will be more. -If the weather is like this, I will not start my “summer project”.- For now the paintings are hanging at home, but Nicholas is considering exhibiting them in Asker this summer.
So what is the next project? -I want to photograph the Norwegian people. How they celebrate summer.
Nicholas Anthony Martin, born 16 of March 1979 to Ashley John Martin (British) and Inger Kathrine Fusdahl (Norwegian). Nicholas grew up in a small commuting suburb called Harestua 40 km north of Oslo, Norway. From a young age it was obvious that this blond haired eccentric boy would grow up to explore and create. Nicholas started his life interested in photography and sports, by the age of 13 Nicholas would get on his bike with his walkman and explore his surroundings, as a part of this story Nicholas suddenly showed up at his mothers work in Oslo for lunch, and after he biked to his grandmother and back home. The trip is more than 100 km. It became obvious that there was no stopping this young man. Although Nicholas’s stubbornness would see him through some hardships throughout his youth, Nicholas’s taste for beauty and details did not limit to his love for art, soon it became his trademark throughout his teens. Nicholas always had the quick to just stand up and leave when life came knocking at his door. This careless attitude forced Nicholas to turn to his inward self, which in turn started him off on his real creative journey, but at the age of 20 Nicholas would work or hide behind his camera at every social event, only to come out of his shell after a drink or two.
After 15 years abroad Nicholas returned to Norway to face his old demons and settle down as an artist, Nicholas’s first major breakthrough came in 2013 after Nicholas joined the rank of Norwegian artists that had exhibited pictures in a New York Gallery. After his first exhibition Nicholas began to concentrate only on his art and creative voice. His uncensored feelings and loud mouth opinions often landed him smack in the middle of arguments. Nicholas’s pictures will be exhibited at the gala Opening of the Angel Orensanz Foundation for the arts at 172 Norfolk street, New York City, after his images will continue to be exhibited at the See Exhibition Space at 26-19 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, from July 29th through September 10th.
Relationship’s never were Nicholas’s strong side, his imagination and need for a more spectacular and dramatic world subliminally pushed him away from every woman he had ever loved and almost away from his Family. Nicholas famously stated “to create beauty you need to yearn for it, having beauty makes you effortless and lazy”
When asked if he ever had been in love he replied – I am still in love with every woman that has ever loved me, things could have been different but it is my longing for that feeling again that drives my creation. Do you think you will ever find the one? The one does not exist in my life, and before I can find peace in my art I cannot give love to another. But I have loved many times, my stomach still turns when I think about the women in my life. Are you ever lonely? – I think that this is a lot about me, but we are here to talk about art not me.. But yes every day, but I like being melancholic.
So where do you go from here? “Forward”- Nicholas replays before he smiles and walks away in to the dusk where he came from.