Nick Rooney: Nature's Edge

Nick Rooney (b. 1989 Canada) obtained his MA in Painting from the University of the Arts London, at the Camberwell College of Arts in London, England and now resides in Calgary.

Much of his early career was spent focusing on the craft of oil painting developing a contemporary art practice deeply rooted in art history. His current studio work and research look at the relationship between the reductive formalism of geometric minimalism and the complexity of classical realism.

Rooney’s work has always been greatly influenced by and stimulated by art history. The body of work titled “Nature’s Edge” uses natural history and the symbolism attributed to animals to examine how the edge of each space functions as both a beginning and an end. Rooney seeks out subjects with rich historical and narrative meanings that resonate with him. He is also very interested in the emergence of abstraction. While aware of the denial of meaning in formalist criticism, he is convinced that even the most simplified shapes suggest the unknown, leading to greater insights and spiritual truths. In his paintings, Rooney tries to suggest more than what meets the eye. By bringing together in one frame both his passion for representation, and minimalist geometric abstraction, Rooney is seeking to stimulate a deeper understanding of life. These disquieting juxtapositions are jarring, shaking us out of our complacency. By heightening our awareness, painting can help us to be more reflective as we try to comprehend the fragmented perception and uncertainties of life at nature's edge.

Selected artwork: 
The Explorer by Nick Rooney
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Nick Rooney - The Explorer
Oil on Canvas
48 x 30 in
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Ghost Tracks by Nick Rooney
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Nick Rooney - Ghost Tracks
Oil on Canvas
60 x 84 in
Available
Ghost Tracks 2 by Nick Rooney
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Nick Rooney - Ghost Tracks 2
Oil on Canvas
56 x 78 in
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The Jester by Nick Rooney
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Nick Rooney - The Jester
Oil on Canvas
42 x 47 in
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The Spy by Nick Rooney
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Nick Rooney - The Spy
Oil on Canvas
41 x 41 in
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The Wizard by Nick Rooney
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Nick Rooney - The Wizard
Oil on Canvas
48 x 36 in
Available
The Harlequin by Nick Rooney
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Nick Rooney - The Harlequin
Oil on Canvas
24 x 20 in
Sold
The Story Teller by Nick Rooney
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Nick Rooney - The Story Teller
Oil on Canvas
26 x 16 in
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The Forager by Nick Rooney
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Nick Rooney - The Forager
Oil on Canvas
16 x 15 in
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Nature of Gold by Nick Rooney
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Nick Rooney - Nature of Gold
Oil on Canvas
39 x 39 in
Available
Market by Nick Rooney
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Nick Rooney - Market
Oil on Linen
32 x 26 in
Sold
Reclaimed by Nick Rooney
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Nick Rooney - Reclaimed
Oil on Panel
14 x 12 in
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Restraint by Nick Rooney
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Nick Rooney - Restraint
Oil on Canvas
22 x 28 in
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Equilibrium by Nick Rooney
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Nick Rooney - Equilibrium
Oil on Linen
16 x 16 in
Available
Full Circle by Nick Rooney
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Nick Rooney - Full Circle
Oil on Panel
13 x 13 in
Sold
Date(s): 
Thursday, April 7, 2022 (All day) - Saturday, April 23, 2022 (All day)
Artist(s): 
Location(s): 
Loch Gallery, Calgary

 

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