|The Australian bush is known for things like dingoes, walk-abouts and a rich native history|
The Australian bush is known for things like dingoes, walk-abouts and a rich native history. Now you can add one more-32-year-old artist Nikolas de Masi. His abstract outback landscapes are a chronicle of his life and what he sees. His landscapes differ from traditional ones. De Masi doesn’t just paint the land in front of him; he captures the essence or the mood, the emotions that the land brings. Junk Yard Wars at first glance is a red, sprawling glance at the Australian Outback. But then greys and whites pierce through the bush dirt and you are left with a feeling of spoiled purity, urban thought disrupting the peace of nature, infringing on the clear, unspoiled sky. Wanting his viewers to feel the passion of the landscapes, Nikolas de Masi uses stark colors and sharp forms that stem from a love and passion of the land. Nightscapes I reels the eyes around bright highlights and dark shadows. You might not be able to pick out the exact area de Masi is representing but that’s not what matters- it’s the emotions and the tumult that he wants you to feel, the vastness of the night and the bush of his country. He wants the viewer that “enjoys [his] work to be able to get a sense of belonging…” He represents his home in many different pallets and invites you to come along and feel what he sees.