Generally we look at still life paintings with a sense of knowing and unknowing, much of what Nick Farhi paints holds true to this classic introductory role that a painting is when with the viewer at first glance. Not containing a defined purpose, yet identifiably introducing a calculable structure to sublime objects, in a way, like a catalogue made of paint, with a basic sense of aesthetic relativism versus conceptualism made by painting subjects as they appear in real time. In turn, Farhi´s developed still life work, spanning over two hundred panels, and counting, is his most central style of art making, foundational in showing us a unique way of macro cataloguing through oil painting. Inside these still lifes, as well as inside his very abstract landscapes, are often stark straight lines, blushes of unlikely color palettes, strange symbols, nods of western nostalgia, clean markations, and well polished systems of craft geometry to bring the viewer into a world, belonging obtusely to the subject matter itself.
Nick Farhi, b.1987 New York, NY, paints subject matter that is decided upon in real time. After every work is completed it is added to a studio catalogue, divided by origin, name, subject of materiality, position of perspective, luster, sound that it could make, shape type, tonality, and if the object can fly, roll, or float.