Size: 48"W x 48"H x 0.5"D
Year Created: 2015
Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding." - Kahlil Gibran; The Prophet. As a little boy I read this book at home with my mom over and over again. It was in its original packaging from 1930 something and my mom still has it...I think. The Prophet could be considered one of the first self help books around and it was pure poetry. I learned a lot and used to understand it better back then... maybe i should go back and read it. I thought of the book and Kahlil when I was painting this. The image came to me from something I saw somewhere years ago. It is not ISIS it's "Sl" over and over again as is in "yes" as in positive. As in you have to remain positive over and over again in life no matter what. Even when it feels like Big Brother is watching. Mixed media on Wood panel.
Poet. Artist. Designer. Filmmaker. Political Graffitist. Father. Lover. Fighter. Nicholas D Conlon was born as Nicholas Daniel Farelli in 1975. Without elaborating on that too much, He was born in the infirmary of a penitentiary in Fairfax, West Virginia. 10 years later he was adopted by his step-father Patrick Joseph Conlon. Before this addition to his life, Nicholas was raised by a single mother, a grandma and grandpa and his older sister of exactly 8 years. Nicholas grew up on the streets of Chicago in the 80's attending many different Catholic and public schools finally finishing his education with a degree in Theater from Southern Illinois University Carbondale His painting is influenced by his experiences growing up in the inner city. The people, the neighborhoods, television, movies, sports, gangs, drugs and alcohol, all of this first hand influenced the way Nicholas paints and writes and does any and all forms of art. He has been painting and writing and been involved in film and theatre production for over 30 years. Nicholas' work is beautiful from afar but up close it’s dirty, torn, ripped, non-conforming and it’s all over the board. It's meant to be touched, Felt and talked about. It's not one theme, not one style, not one medium. Nicholas' art is found in private collections all over the world and also the streets of LA and Chicago and all over the internet. He's been part of group exhibitions and solo shows in Chicago, Miami and Los Angeles. After 6 years of theater, films, painting, writing on the back of paper napkins and slinging cocktails in Los Angeles, Nicholas moved back to Chicago where he continues to work in all mediums of art.