Nick Lepard is a new Vancouver artist
just beginning his professional career. Diane Farris first saw
his work in the summer of 2006. Upon visiting his studio, she
was sufficiently impressed to show a large major painting entitled
From Milan to Vienna in a 2006 summer exhibit. As demand for his work increased, Lepard had his first solo exhibition, entitled Isabella, in June, 2008.
Lepard’s style is raw, competent and confident beyond
his years. Like the work of artists he admires – for example,
the American writer Charles Bukowski, a “hard-boiled anti-hero”,
and British painter Jenny Saville, who “constructs painting
with the weighty heft of sculpture” – Lepard paints
with gusto and verve. He has moved beyond his earlier photorealist
style to a more courageous approach that is part “happenstance”
and very much about the process of moving paint around, while
still maintaining artistic control.
Lepard’s parents immigrated to Canada from England. Both
a Canadian and a UK citizen, he was born in Vancouver in 1983.
Lepard graduated with a B.F.A. from the Emily Carr Institute
of Art & Design in 2008.