“Beach at Mid-Day,” an impressionistic, abstract oil painting by Nick Brakel.

“Blue Twilight at Cannon Beach”  abstract landscape oil painting by Nick Brakel

“Cannon Beach Stormy” impressionistic abstract by Nick Brakel

Nick Brakel
Expressionist Landscapes

In all of my art, and perhaps particularly in my landscapes, I am looking to express the vibrancy and spirit of nature. Reproducing things with realism (although impressive in its way) is not where my interests lie. 
Capturing the spirit, energy and vibrant colors of nature is where my interests lie. To this end,
sometimes things need to be exaggerated, enhanced or heightened.

I am very inspired by the art of Vincent van Gogh, Edward Munch, Egon Schiele, Gustave Klimt, Pierre Bonnard, Odilon Redon and many, many others. 

Particularly the approaches of Schiele and Klimt have been of interest to me lately. They both really pushed the bounds of expressionist painting within a prescribed and well-defined form.

So, it creates this inherent tension between mark making to the point of almost
abstraction, versus the accurately portrayed landscape, portrait, or still life.

I am also very much a colorist when it comes to art. Vibrant colors are very
important to me, and are a huge part of the work of all of the artists I referenced.

The works created for the summer Fairweather Gallery shows are all oil paintings with a slight amount of mixed-media. Nick Brakel

“Oregon Sunset” abstract oil by Nick Brakel.  SOLD to a Scottsdale, AZ collector!

I started my BFA at The College of Visual Arts in St. Paul, MN. I left after my foundational studies to
focus on landscape painting and finsihed up ny BFA at the Unverisity of WIsconsin.

I later found my way into Nursing (which was my career for a number of years).

Upon moving to Portland I participated in The Print Arts Northwest Emerging Printmakers
Residency. I also interned at Atelier Meridian Printmaking Studio for several years.

I am currently in school at PCC and enrolled in Reiki Next Step training while continuing to pursue my art.”  Nick Brakel, artist

Key to collage images:

Top left art by Edward Munch. Top right art by Gustave Klimt.  Bottom left art by Pierre Bonnard. Bottom middle art by Odilon Redon.  Bottom right art by Vincent van Gogh.

I am very inspired by the art of Van Gogh, Edward Munch, Egon Schiele, Gustave Klimt, Pierre Bonnard, Odilon Redon and many, many others.”   Nick Brakel, artist

Fairweather House and Gallery
612 Broadway St., Seaside, Oregon
 FRAMING THE VIEW, an exhibition that highlights the 2023 summertime original art series.
Art show and sale through July 25.
Featuring abstract painter Nick Brakel, watercolor artist Paul Brent, oil painter Victoria Brooks, photographer Bob Kroll, glass nest maker Carolyn Lindberg, and pastel artist Gretha Lindwood.

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Fairweather House and Gallery has become one of the historic Gilbert District’s sought-after destinations offering an ever-changing unique visual experience.” — Seaside Signal

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