Thursday, March 4, 2010

The Artists

David Horton and Martina Nikova met as undergraduate students at the Columbus College of Art and Design, and a few years later they were introduced to Nishiki Tayui at the Indiana University. Aside of sharing many great life experiences they also share a strong commitment to painting. However, their artistic needs are certainly different. Nishiki’s paintings are often abstract. She is originally from Japan and in her work she combines Eastern and Western traditions in attempt to unify her own personal and artistic influences. David’s work, on the other hand, is based on a heavily representational foundation. Traveling is a strong catalyst for his artmaking and he sees his work as a meditation of such experiences. Martina was born in Bulgaria and her work revolves around the word “alien”. Through the use of humor she hopes to undermine the power of such terms and to make the topic of immigration more approachable.
-Martina Nakova

Martina Nakova

David Horton

Nishiki Tayui

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