May 9, 2018
Nick Napoletano is a
painter, muralist and designer known for hyperrealist works
brimming with allegory and symbolism. His work can be found in
galleries and museums internationally, including the collections of
Amway and the New Britain Museum of American Art. He recently
exhibited at Jerald Melberg Gallery and at the Mint Museum. He has
painted a series of large-scale exterior murals in the city of
Charlotte, North Carolina. He has expanded his work into the
fields of augmented and virtual reality. Nick earned a
Bachelor's of Fine Arts at the University of Hartford,
This episode is perfect for anyone interested in
figurative painting, public art, augmented and virtual reality, and
the challenges and rewards of 'a monkey
IN THIS EPISODE
- Nick describes the
three different trajectories of his work.
- He explains how his art
reflects Mannerism and the High Renaissance.
- He discusses measuring himself against Renaissance
- He considers whether his art challenges the viewer, the
illustrations of Norman Rockwell, the role of public
art, and whether it is enough for public to just be
- Nick talks about one of his murals and the idea that
- He answers whether he prefers public or private art
commissions, the challenge of his 'monkey
mind,' and what an unfettered public art project might
- He describes the work of Two Form, a design collaboration group
merging our world with augmented and virtual
- He explains how he paints augmented reality components
onto sculpted spaces to enhance dialog between the work
- Nick talks about his work creating digital
worlds using virtual reality.
- He shares how Nordic and biophilic design influences
- He shares what he remembers seeing as a child
and how his interest in figurative work developed.
- He considers what it means being an artist and moving
through the world differently.
- Nick talks about living and painting in New York, taking a
tour of the south, and what Snug Harbor has to do
with why he lives in Charlotte.
- He discusses a current recurring dream, a question on his mind,
what delights him, what truth he wants revealed, a
vision he has, what he is certain about, what
draws him in, and what matters most.
Mark Peres adds a personal word that begins this way, "As I sat
across from Nick Napoletano I thought of Leonard da Vinci. I
imagined Leonardo explaining his art to a journalist or at least
trying to as the journalist busily scribbled away..."
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