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Jim Morrison- Dissected and Distracted

48.00"W x 48.00"H x 0.5"D

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Nickolai

RICHMOND, VA

Medium: Collage

Subject Tags: inspired, maskingtape, contemporary art, popart, rocknroll, thedoors, jimmorrison

Media: masking tape on hardwood panel

Size: 48"W x 48"H x 0.5"D

Year Created: 2015

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Is he alive? Is he dead? That is the mystery. One of the most provocative singers of all time who knew no limits provides one of the largest inspirations to me as an artist. I wanted to bring him into the cell phone obsessed age since he is just as culturally relevant now as he was then. By doing this I dissected him and incorporated a cell phone into his hands with a lizard logo since he is the “lizard king.” A clear coat resin is poured over the piece to protect the tape. A pour on resin can be arranged if buyer is interested.

Nickolai Walko was born in Perm, Russia in 1991. He was adopted from a Siberian orphanage two years later from an American couple and moved to the United States. He received his BFA in sculpture from the Virginia Commonwealth University in 2014. Nickolai started to use masking tape not for its original intentions to mask off certain areas for paint to cover but more so to produce high contrast, intricate, and stylized works of art. He was introduced to the medium in high school and even through college it “stuck to him” even though his major was sculpture in which he produced street sign body armor and other metal sculptures. Nickolai has always retained a passion for sculpture and exploration of mediums. The Renaissance and Pop art movements have served as core inspirations, as well as the medical field. He desires to capture the human form as well as animalistic forms through this non-traditional medium. In a way the tape acts as a skin, and the X-Acto© knife is a scalpel. Producing these works, he feels like a surgeon and removing the skin (tape) provides access for the public to view the anatomy beneath in such stylized diagrams or scenes. Through much exploration and research, the work is always evolving.

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