Nick Hais
Nick Hais's artistic career began when he graduated from Newcastle Polytechnic  with a First Class Dip.A.D in 1971. For the next four years he taught part-time on the Fine Art Degree Course at Newcastle. Since 1976 Nick has been a full time painter. He spent some  time living in Greece where he had a number of very successful exhibitions. In 1979 Nick  and his family moved to Dorset and for many years Nick owned and ran The Alpha Gallery in Dorset, together with his partner Jill Mirza, with whom he also co-wrote a colour theory  book 'Mix Your Own Acrylics'. In recent years Nick has undertaken several commissions,  including one to supply a number of large paintings for two of the newest generation of  cruise ships. Paintings by Nick are in various corporate and private collections, including  those of Accenture, Lucida plc, P&O, Prudential plc, and Craig Venter. His work has been  regularly exhibited in England and the United States. "I enjoy the brilliance of rich and vibrant light which, when reflected, creates living  shadows. I use this quality as it relates to objects and scenes that display inherent  geometries, such as buildings, boats, tables and chairs. These subject-matters provide the  opportunity to utilize formal visual elements of line, shape and colour in combination,  which become the focus of attention in the process of painting. Built up in layers of thin  paint my paintings become carefully structured compositions. Because my way of painting requires a degree of precision and accuracy in order to achieve pictorial clarity, the work develops slowly. This slow process gives time to evaluate the creative decisions I make and these decisions are determined by a quest for my  paintings to inhabit a pictorial space where the figurative meets the non-figurative.” For more information and images please visit www.nickhais.com