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Australian Artist - Biography Of Nick Economo

Thank you for expressing an interest in my paintings the following is a snapshot of my long extensive career in art:

I was born on the Greek Island of Rhodes – an ideal environment to nurture my precocious artistic talent. At the age of eight my family moved from our native land to settle in Perth where I continued my education. On leaving school I pursued a range of jobs however my artistic instincts and desire to achieve professional fulfilment in a related field was never far away.

In 1971 my curiosity enticed me to view the Rodin exhibition which inspired me and armed me with the courage to enrol in Perth’s College of Fine Art, while at the same time being only too aware that I had by then a young family to support. Equipped with additional knowledge and skills, instinct, passion, determination, a combination of trepidation and confidence I had many of the important assets - however unsure if I had the correct balance to pursue a professional art career successfully.

In the following years I progressed to eventually produce some spectacular sculptures working with clay, depicting some of my favourite subjects - exotic water birds which I had observed and being enthralled by in earlier years while travelling and working in the remote North West of Australia.

As time progressed I also worked with bronze and broadened my range of subjects to include simply elegant pieces such as ballerinas, gymnasts as well as functional items With my sculptures being such a success and much sought after I then to utilised my skills to expand my talents and maintain the fulfilment I had achieved so I intermittently turned to painting, producing landscapes of the North West.

Gradually I derived as much satisfaction from this as I did sculpting and eventually the roles reversed in that I eventually spent more time painting, today I am predominantly focussed on painting.

With my main subject now being various species of flowers, I nevertheless continue to be motivated, exploring my imagination to create abstracts and landscapes.   Art collectors who enjoy uninhibited styles of art using rich vibrant mediums tell me they derive as much pleasure from my pieces as I do in creating them which I find tremendously satisfying.

My work can be found in collections in Australia and throughout the world, Greece, Holland, Hong Kong, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, UK & USA.

awards

1st Prize (Sculpture),
Wanneroo Arts Centre
1992
1st Prize (Painting),
The Matilda Art Fes
tival
1987

 
Best in Show (Painting),
Deloitte Cystic Fibrosis Spring Rose Art Show
2013

Numerous highly commended awards

solo exhibitions

Central Park, St George’s Terrace, Perth
Cheese Factory, Balingup
Hyatt Hotel, Perth
Burswood Resort, Perth
Accent Gallery, Dalkeith
LK Galleries, Perth
Valley View Gallery, Swan Valley

mixed exhibitions

Special Army Reserves Service
Newman College
Artitude
La Salle College
Hale College

feature artist

Cystic Fibrosis Spring Rose Art Show
Gallery 360, Subiaco
Mazenod College, Lesmurdie
St Mark’ School, Hillarys
Trinity College, East Perth

sponsor and supporter of the following Western Australian charities / organisations:

3 Boys Legacy Inc
Dialysis and Renal Transplant Group, Perth
Kidney Health Australia
Renal Society of Australasia, WA branch
Starlight Children’s Foundation, Perth
Telethon Speech & Hearing, Perth
Cancer Centre St John of God Hospital, Subiaco, Perth