PORTFOLIO | NICK GENTRY
August 15, 2015 · by Naiadi · in Draw, Paint, Photography
“What happens to floppy discs, music cassettes and other outdated storage media once they’ve outlived their usefulness? Nick Gentry uses them as a canvas for his paintings.”
– The Daily Telegraph
Born in England and based in London, Nick Gentry is an artist working with contributed artefacts and materials sourced directly from everyday life – such as old floppy discs, X-ray prints, 35mm film negatives, VHS cassettes and similar stuff.
Thanks to Gentry’s hand, incredibly realistic faces – though just hatched from the shadows – appear on self-made canvas.
“These objects are no longer in the spotlight,” the artist has said of floppy discs, “but by placing them there for a second it becomes easier to comprehend the speed and extent of the changes that are taking place today.”
“His paints are at once archaeological and haunting…
a social art project that turns form and function inside out”
– Sydney Edelist, Huffington Post Arts
Known for his portraits and installations, in his artworks Gentry questions the relationship between the human being, our created world and what we call reality. His art is influenced by the development of consumerism, technology and cyberculture in our society, placing an emphasis on recycling obsolete media and the reuse of personal objects as a central theme.
Such artistic works of social commentary have been featured in galleries in the UK, USA and in cities throughout the world. His work has been exhibited alongside established street artists and has been therefore linked to the urban art scene in London.