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The Art Portfolio of Painter Nicholas Esch

An oil painting of several grey-toned vessels on a tableStudy of greys, oil on canvas

Painter Nicholas Esch produces beautiful, highly detailed works of photo realism. The artist’s subject matter spans portraiture, landscapes, still life, and more, with each subject -- human or otherwise -- rendered with a careful, patient hand.

A portrait of a man in a chair holding a glassMichael Elwes Esq, oil on Ampersan board


It’s nice to see some variation in the way Nicholas layers brush marks onto his canvases. With human subjects the artist tends toward fine lines and softly blended colours, utilizing a somewhat subdued palette for backgrounds and props, emphasizing the warm tones of skin and hair. In landscape and still-life images, however, the artist occasionally veers into a slightly looser painting style which is especially complementary for faraway figures in his seascapes.

A screen capture of Nicholas Esch's art portfolio


I like the way that Nicholas sometimes leaves the edges of his paintings unfinished -- heavy, deliberate brush marks give way to a ragged line of raw canvas, reminding the viewer of the artifice of the portrait or image.

A still life painting of a silver vessel and some orangesSilver and Orange, oil on canvas

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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