FIRST THURSDAY GOES TO THE BEACH: Chewelah artist John Niciforos presents cubist take on surfing
FIRST THURSDAY GOES TO THE BEACH: Chewelah artist John Niciforos presents cubist take on surfing…
John Niciforos’ lifelong passion of art will be on display at the Trails End Gallery in Chewelah from Thursday, July 11 to August 28. Originally from Los Angeles, John has made his way through North America in the last 10 years from L.A. to Guadalajara, Mexico, New York State, Chicago, Illinois and Grand Forks, North Dakota all in the continuing pursuit of medical education. For the time being John has found a home in Chewelah working in the laboratory at St. Joseph’s Hospital.
John’s family fostered his lifelong love of art with comics, magazines like Mad and Heavy Metal and large coffee table books of classic artists like Michelangelo, Salvador Dali, Van Gogh, Rembrandt and Picasso. Raised in Los Angeles, he says he was lucky to see a variety of art in Southern California and was fortunate enough to see the Picasso exhibit years ago at the L.A. County Museum of Art. John says Picasso, who lived to be 90 years old, had his hand in most of the styles and mediums of the 20th century and continues to be a great influence.
John had his first art show in 1991 at Acme coffee shop in Santa Monica California and for the last few years has made coffee shops his “go to” as a place to show his work. John showed a few pieces at Jean’s Beans in Chewelah when he first arrived in town and he has plans to show there and at Fired Up Pizza later in the summer. John mentions the challenge of traveling with art work. Some paintings have taken 3-4 years to make because of the logistics of time and space. When he finally landed in Chewelah two years ago, he found he hadthe space to set up the paint projects he planned and dreamed about all that time on the road. More