Herskovic Lecture

Throughout my career I have developed paintings in series. One painting will often suggest alternatives that can be followed and exploited. Ideas can spread like branches of a tree. Although I am most interested in the process of painting, I often use a computer to revisit earlier states of a painting and to try out color or form changes.

-Roy Nicholson

In 2012, as part of an ongoing series of talks organized and presented by Marika Herskovic, Roy Nicholson gave a lecture in which he describes how he navigates between abstraction and representation in his work ranging from large-scale paintings and painting installations, such as the Federal Reserve Bank’s 52 Weeks installation, to public commissions like those at Union Station in Los Angeles or Hicksville Station on Long Island, New York.

Click here to watch the lecture on YouTube

2021-01-15T12:42:46-05:00January 15th, 2021|

Locally Sourced at The Heckscher

Locally Sourced: Collecting Long Island Artists was an exhibition of selected artists’ works in the permanent collection of The Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington, NY. Organized in celebration of the museum’s 100 year anniversary, Locally Sourced included artists with strong ties to the Long Island landscape, emphasizing women artists and featuring artists connected specifically to the town of Huntington. The exhibition was on view from 23 November 2019 to 15 March 2020 and included the work of over 85 artists, displaying Roy Nicholson’s Goldfish (49) II, 1983-84, a monotype and pastel on paper.

Related Link
Goldfish Paintings

2020-10-16T12:37:21-04:00October 16th, 2020|

Solar Impressions & International Masters

Toxic Garden (Sweet Pea) 6/19Solar Impressions & International Masters / Collaborations in Printmaking opened at the Southampton Arts Center, in Southampton, New York, on November 16, and was on view through December 29, 2019. Presented by SAC and Inspiration Plus, the two-part exhibition featured giants in modern and contemporary art, along with talented artists jury-selected from all over the world.  The exhibitions were conceived by Sag Harbor artist and master printmaker Dan Welden.

Roy Nicholson’s Toxic Garden (Sweet Pea) suite was included in the International Masters exhibition alongside works by Willem de Kooning, Dan Flavin, Kiki Smith, James Brooks, Lynda Benglis, Jane Freilicher, among others. International Masters originated at the Cape Cod Museum in 2017, concentrates on international artists that have collaborated directly with Welden to produce high quality impressions.

Selected Press 
The Press Group/27east.com “Dan Welden Tells Tales Of Printmaking With Giants Of The Art World”, by Michelle Trauring, 18 Nov 2019
The Independent/indyeastend.com “The Science Of Printmaking, Sans Harsh Chemistry”, by Nicole Teitler, 29 Oct 2019

2020-10-16T11:30:30-04:00October 2nd, 2020|

Singular and Serial

Roy Nicholson is featured with works from his Toxic Garden (Sweet Pea) series in a recent book by Catherine Kernan and E. Ashley Rooney, with Laura G. Einstein and Janice Oresman, published by Schiffer Publishing. The book is devoted to contemporary monotype and monoprint and features work by over 70 top artists in the United States. The book is available now and can be purchased through Schiffer Books or Amazon.


2020-10-16T11:35:37-04:00October 2nd, 2020|

Hicksville Station

Hicksville Station, Waiting Room 1, Maple, art glass, (total length 50 ft), installed 2018, commissioned by MTA Arts & Design

Hicksville Station, Waiting Room 1, Maple, art glass, (total length 50 ft), installed 2018, commissioned by MTA Arts & Design

In 2014, Roy Nicholson was commissioned by the MTA Arts & Design program to expand on the original concept of the mosaic murals for the downstairs waiting room of Long Island Rail Road’s Hicksville station, which had been installed in 2001. The current project in the new platform waiting rooms and renovated stair and escalator wells similarly reflects the concept of depicting the Hempstead Plain dynamically, as if seen by commuters as they travel west in the morning and east in the evening on the speeding train, in this instance using indigenous plants as landmarks that identify the vistas even more closely with the historic plain. In 2018, the installation of four glass-enclosed waiting rooms has been completed, each with 50-foot panels of art glass on either side. See Public Works for images of the current and earlier Hicksville installations along with other public commissions.

Selected Press
Newsday “Artwork at LIRR station inspired by traveling back in time”, by Daniel Bubbeo, 2 Jan 2020
Hicksville News “A Painted Commute”, by Allison Eichler, 27 March 2019

2020-10-16T11:46:39-04:00October 26th, 2018|