I met Nick at summer camp three years ago. I was immediately fascinated by his confident yet laid back demeanor, and quickly grew to know him as not only a friend, but as a talented and diversified artist.
Three years later, and Nick now has a self-made multimedia art exhibition under his belt. Currently a full time artist and entrepreneur, my vision of and respect for him have only grown stronger.
And via our shared Google Doc and Instagram’s video chat feature, I had the opportunity to chat with Nick about his recent move to Copenhagen, his new project, Roseline, and being a young individual in the art industry.
Tell us a little bit about yourself - where are you from? How old are you?
My name is Nick Rose, I’d like to be a racecar driver, and I’m from Williamsburg, VA. Apparently I’m older than I was yesterday because it’s my birthday.
How do you define yourself as an artist? What type of work do you do, and what do you create?
I define myself as just that. I would say my work is the expression of an impulse or maybe the elongation of acting on an impulse. I started in photography which for the most part revolves around acting on fractions of a second and I think that has applied itself to other things I do. I think alot about something and only act on it when it feels right. That being said I create work in whatever medium I feel presents the idea the best.
Tell us about your average day as an artist.
My favorite time of the day is the morning so I’m almost always up quite early. Ideally I’ll make some coffee and read or look at a book until I’m not really paying attention to it anymore, then I’ll get up a go for a drive. I think the best when I’m driving it seems. I keep lists of ideas and things to do so then I’ll try to check a few things off.
You just opened your first art exhibition, Pink Hotel. Tell us a little bit about that.
Pink Hotel is a multimedia body of work based around an imaginary hotel I created. It started as an idea for one painting and ended up as a show of paintings, sculptures, photos, and drawings. The show is based around an imaginary hotel and the idea of hotels as a getaway. It was super fulfilling to see it through to completion and displayed in the way I envisioned. I’m very grateful for the people that gave me the opportunity to piece it together at The Well gallery in Richmond.
Do you prefer any certain type of work - be it photography, painting, film, fashion etc.?
No, I don’t prefer any medium over another at all. I have preferences inside of each medium as far as processes and tools. I do prefer certain mediums for certain work if that makes sense. I like using whatever medium fits the concept best. If you need to get somewhere you don’t make a picture of a bike you make a bike!
Has your perception of the art industry changed over time, and if so, how?
It’s not new news that it is a business through and through. I don’t think my perception has changed I just try to stay aware of what someone’s motivations are in this industry and whether they’re genuine or not.
Do you face any bias or hardships by being so young in the art industry?
It’s funny how much some people choose to change their perspective of you based on age. Most people have a hard time guessing my age correctly anyway so I think that says something. It has definitely changed the tone of many conversations whether it’s positively or negatively. I try not to bring it up as I think for the most part it’s irrelevant. We’re all individuals.
What are your goals as an artist - both social and professional?
My main goal is to impress myself which proves difficult as my expectations are quite high. Anything I make is really for my own enjoyment so sometimes it’s still a new concept that anyone else would be interested in it at all. I guess if I can really make you think or take you to another place through my work that is enough to make me happy.
What projects do you have planned for the near future?
I don’t have much planned too meticulously as I’m moving to Europe for a little while but… I’m working on some production things through a side project I’m calling Roseline. It’s mainly a kind of outlet for any non-fine art ideas. I’m finalizing a built to order jacket and the logistics behind that. The prototype will be on the site and hopefully available soon.
What advice do you have for other young people trying to get into any creative industry?
Get the fuck in. Study what you like and make what you want to see.
Find more of Rose’s work here.
Find Nick's latest capsule collection "Roseline" here.
Interview by: Ellie Kim