Skally's abstract expressionism emphasizes paintings as “events” and not simply a picture or interpretation of something else – the painting is its own subject.
He incorporates water, clear medium, paint, fluid acrylics, and ink, using a palette knife to enhance and affect lines, forms, and texture. The organic nature of this process establishes paths of motion that he then manipulates to give the paintings life and create the images seen within. His movements during the process can be frenetic and spontaneous at times and slow and deliberate at others. Each painting is developed layer by layer, over several weeks. The result is streams of carefully chosen color combinations with dynamic fluidity and rich textures. Meaning is left to the viewer. He lets the narrative reside in one’s own interpretations.
Skally is a member of the New Hampshire Art association, along with 250 juried members of painters, photographers, printmakers, sculptors, and other fine artists living and working primarily in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine, and Vermont.
His work has been featured in galleries in Maine, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. You can find his work currently hanging in the Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery in downtown Portsmouth, NH.
Skally has been fascinated by art since he could first hold a crayon. Quickly graduating to oil pastels, he had an early appreciation for impressionistic landscapes. That love of blending colors and exaggerating saturated colors expanded to a new found love of texture and depth. Following the natural progression from Monet to Van Gogh, Skally began to experiment with impasto paint applications and representing an altered reality. That experimentation quickly evolved into a passion for non-figurative abstract paintings. After discovering Kandinsky and Pollack, Skally's art path was set.
"Color has taken possession of me; no longer do I have to chase after it. I know that it has hold of me forever... Color and I are one. I am a painter."
::: Paul Klee :::
"Nature is not only all that is visible to the eye.. it also includes the inner pictures of the soul."
::: Edvard Munch :::
"Colour is the key. The eye is the hammer. The soul is the piano with its many chords. The artist is the hand that, by touching this or that key, sets the soul vibrating automatically."
"The reason abstract art has the potential to be so powerful is that it keeps the conscious distractions to a minimum, so virtually all of your brain power is devoted to feeling."
“For acrylic painter Nicholas Skally, art isn't about recreating an image that already exists. It's about adding layer upon layer of colors to create something unique and new. His canvases are covered with thick slabs of paint, overlapping and dripping into swirls and bursts of blue, red, pink, gold and green, emulating abstract designs that can look like a flower, the sea or nothing but a carefully sculpted barrage of color.” By: Lacey Korevec , Staff Writer, Cranbury Press
"The Gourgaud Gallery is very pleased to exhibit the works of artist Nick Skally. His work brings a unique and exciting approach to abstract painting with layers of color in combination with tremendous texture,” stated Amy Amico, Gourgaud Gallery Chairperson.
“The art engages the viewer on multiple levels because of the depth and complexity in each piece." “The plethora of textures he assembles attracts the eye, and the combination of colors sooth the mind,” commented James McManaman, owner of Absolute Abstract Gallery in Philadelphia. “Nicholas’ work has been a hit in our Gallery on 13th Street.”
All paintings come with a 30-day in home money-back guarantee to be sure the piece looks as great in your home as you thought it would. Just pay the shipping back and 100% of the purchase price will be refunded.
All paintings are shipped ready to hang, and we include the hook for the wall as well. The colors on the painting will stay "true" for at least 25 years, if not significantly longer. Maintenance is simple, wipe with slightly damp rag.
Due to our relationships with various galleries, prices are not listed on the Web site, but are availabe through the "Contact Us" link. Paintings range in price from $180 to $550, depending on size, and complexity of the piece. Prints can be made of any painting on the site and are priced between $45 and $130, depending on size and finishing options. All major credit cards are accepted.