Hello, my name is Nicholas Vik Laurance (AKA Nic Vik). I am an artist, and a fourth generation farmer from Mt. Hood. I was born and raised here, left for about ten years, and have been back creating art and farming ever since. I am the co-founder, and owner of the Remains Gallery in Hood River. I have had an artistic side for most of my life, but it was never really recognized until I was a teenager. At the time, I needed a direction in life, and I simply looked at what I was good at and art was the only answer I had. So, from that day on, I started taking it seriously, and have done something creative almost every day since then. Art really saved me, and provided me with direction. It gave me a sense of purpose, and something to constantly practice and improve upon.
The subject matter that I paint just comes from my wandering, and overactive imagination. I’ll get an idea in my head, and plot out the details as the painting takes shape. It’s a little difficult to describe, but I suppose you could say that it is a semi-realistic depiction of strange happenings since I don’t rely on much photo reference, and the scenarios that I depict are somewhat obscure/dark/impossible. I try to challenge myself creatively, and technically in the subjects I choose, and strive not to conform to my own “brand” or style. I refuse to paint the same thing over and over in slightly different ways.
I think stretching my personal boundaries, and constantly challenging my skillset is what keeps it fun and interesting. Hopefully other people enjoy it as well. My influences are all over the the place ranging from the classics to comics, but some of my favorites include H.R. Geiger, M.C. Escher, R. Crumb, Jae Lee, Van Gogh, and Peter Paul Rubens. Being the owner of a gallery has been a very interesting journey that I had never really imagined. I have met countless amazing artists, and I couldn’t be happier to be where I am, back in my hometown, and doing what I love the most.