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Thu, Jul 08


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Two Portrait Series by Nick Aitken — Art Reception at The Academy

Art Lovers - Please come by The Academy on Thu, Jul 8 to see in person, Nick Aitken's two portrait series "Pretty Masculine" and "The Wallflowers."

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Two Portrait Series by Nick Aitken — Art Reception at The Academy
Two Portrait Series by Nick Aitken — Art Reception at The Academy

Time & Location

Jul 08, 2021, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM PDT

The Academy, 2166 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94114, USA


About the Event


This event is open to Academy Members, their invited guests, and interested patrons from the community who want to support local art. Please reserve your tickets (one per attendee; free of charge) for this general admission event.


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This new exhibition will include two totally different bodies of work I’ve created over the past two years. Both works are completely different versions of portraiture. Photographs printed on metal are of a series called Pretty Masculine, and paintings from a series entitled The Wallflowers

PRETTY MASCULINE was created in 2019. I designed this photo series to connect the contrast between femininity and masculinity. I took portraits of men using fresh cut flowers and foliage from the streets in San Francisco, my patio garden and the flower market to create different images that represented these men with organic prettiness and are textual representations. The flowers and texture from the leaves I used to create an accessory for each man’s face, in the end it created masks, helmets, and collars that accentuate their more pretty side, a side that sometimes goes unnoticed. The portraits are printed on metal with a high gloss finish.

THE WALLFLOWERS was created during Covid-19 lockdown, from the beginning of the pandemic to today and is still being created. This series of paintings was made to keep me company during the lonely existence of no work or play, a time of solitude while living alone in 2020. The paintings are acrylic on canvas and oil on canvas. The style of the paintings are impressionistic and evocative of deep feelings. Some of my paintings are inspired by the music and characters from The Rocky Horror picture show, a sound track I listened to a lot as I painted throughout 2020. The Wallflowers portraits came from the heart, I’ve named them, and have gotten quite used to them being around. It's time to move forward and share them with everyone, they sure have kept me company during these strange and hard times and I hope they will go on to keep others company as well. I hope you can take one of my characters home and talk to them like I did and help you get more connected to your soul too.


Nick is a Bay Area native and currently resides in San Francisco and is 100% Californian. He started modeling as a teen, and became a stylist before getting a degree from The Academy of Art University (AAU), studying fashion photography. He has lived a colorful life to say the least and has been an artist since childhood. He later taught in the photography department at AAU. Being part of the queer community of San Francisco is a major part of who he is, which was a fantanastical way to see the world and impacted how he created his art.

Nick says: “After a long career as a stylist, I started playing with the camera, and have never looked back. I like to come up with a concept and make it come alive naturally. My photography is inspired by daydreams, and my appreciation for the small things we see and can’t quite get a grasp of, like a painting. I create a scenario and produce it as accurately as I can remember so the viewer can feel perhaps the same thing I did, or even better come up with their own story. Bringing my work to fruition pushes my growth as an artist continuously, and my own sense of self. I want to capture history and everything beautiful to me, so when I’m gone my work and vision will somehow remain.”


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