Above Birnbeck Pier  Ink and Oil on canvas 100x180cm [SOLD]
"Ink is extraordinarily expressive"
In a digital, disposable, full-gamut, HDR, intensely colour-saturated world, BLACK has regained (although some say it never lost) its immense power to reveal and express.

Built upon a deep Chinese and Japanese history of fluid ink/painting and expressive calligraphic gestures Chinook's work takes this tradition into new territory.
In many ways a timeless and traditional subject for ink painting but executed in a very contemporary manner, producing a sparkling piece alive with motion and light.
20 Dancers Ink painting by Nik Chinook
Twenty Dancers was the fourth (and finally successful) attempt at this piece of work.
The challenge was to create each frame's character while at the same time composing the piece as a whole as one artwork (the image is not a composite but one sheet of handmade paper).

Based upon a great number of sketches, the work includes scenes as diverse as a skater, a tango dancer, a rave dancer, a traditional African tribal warrior dancer and a dervish.
From explosive gestures on a digital tablet a timeless scene of one of the UKs most impressive and atmosperic destinations.
The power of this image rocks between pure shape/line/form and the sweeping vista it evokes.
A recurring theme in Chinook's art over the decades has been buses and/or abandoned buses, coaches and vehicles in desert or other extreme locations.

There is a metaphor at work for journeys through space and time, for our planet as a self-contained haven moving through an inhospitable environment and for each of our own consciousness transported through a world we only look out at through the windows of our eyes.

Certainly in this case, the extreme hard-shadow of a desert sun lends itself to the black of the ink against the blinding white of the paper. The 'black sun' lends another philosophical dimension to the image.

Bridges - perhaps the most fundamentally basic structures in human history that also exist as one of mankind's most technologically sophisticated and awe-inspiring engineering achievements. So ingrained in our psyche are bridges that the word and the concept has become part of our interpretation of relationships, spatial understanding and communications.

This work explores both the construction and decay of bridges, from the most basic wooden piles driven into sand to vast suspension bridge towers soaring into the clouds.

Planetarium on decaying pier
Ink and watercolour on Paper
28 x 29cm
Crane & Lake
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21 x 13cm
Ink on Paper
44 x 20cm