For centuries, in the art of painting the use of colors was determined by the availability of color pigments.
In the Renaissance oil painting became popular.
During the Industrial Revolution, acrylic paint - and thus the development of new pigments became popular.
Now, Nico Los takes a great leap to painting with analog photography. The Greek word Phoös-graphein. Photography in English, means writing, drawing or painting with light.
If you look at the images of Nico, you plunge into a bath of color and light. He uses color to imagine the mystery and the feelings that colors can evoke. I had to think about the Color Field Paintings of the American-Russian painter Mark Rotko. He also refers to the experience with color. The emotional power of color. Color is never alone but always in relation to, or in contrast with other colors.
Each color represents its own energy. For example; blue and yellow are each polar opposites in terms of energy. And that's what I call tension between opposites.
Besides the color fields in Nico's work, it suggests a certain depth caused by the light / dark differences. In certain places in the 'back' it gets an atmospheric perspective caused by thinner colors. There arises
three-dimensional shapes. You will undergo an adventure into the depth of color. There is no escape. Looking at the work of Nico Los, the well-known line from Paul Klee comes to me; "Art does not show the visible, but makes visible". But now suddenly it becomes clear that that is not the whole truth.
Nico Los makes visible, that's obviously, but by just doing nothing more than display the visible.
Nico Los is an explorer in the analog image of color and light.
The image was already there - but nobody who saw it. Until Nico Los did shine his light on it and saw that it was good - and so did we.
May 1, 2011