Statement: My work occupies the margins where sculpture, painting, design and craft overlap. This recent work is a dialogue among forms that are translated into painting and vice-versa. I’m particularly interested in bringing antique motifs and elements of craft or applied art practices (such as early American decorative arts or stained glass design) into a fine art context. In recent years, ceramics has become important to my practice because it offers a medium that can express immediacy of touch while also connecting to a long historical tradition. The inherent tension between a form and its surface design means that the work can operate as a sculpture on one hand and a painting on the other. Bio: Nicholas Nyland (b. 1976) lives and works in Tacoma, WA. He received an MFA From the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. His artwork has been included in exhibitions throughout the region including the Tacoma Art Museum, Bellevue Art Museum, and the Henry Art Gallery, Seattle. His public projects include temporary works for the Olympic Sculpture Park and ALL RISE, for the City of Seattle. Nyland received an artist Trust Fellowship in 2008 and was finalist for the 2013 Contemporary Northwest Art Award. He is currently represented by Linda Hodges Gallery, Seattle.