Lloyd Nicholson has been working with Plexiglass for over thirteen years. Using mixed paints, as well as materials from nature, Lloyd crafts swirling tableau across his panels. Because of the unique nature of painting on a translucent surface, each piece glows like stained glass when lit from behind. Nicholson often works in close collaboration with Salt Spring carpenters and joiners to produce furniture featuring his art.
Of his own work, Lloyd reflects:
“I am mainly an abstract expressionist, and as such I love the processes that I have developed and are integral to my work. I set up basic designs, colours and paint solutions, embed botanicals in resins if I am using them, set up likely flow patterns through my expertise in the medium, and with the best of my ability I control these flow patterns using fans, levelers, tipping and blowing.“
“I can only control the work to a certain degree, then “it” takes over, so I am also engaged in a process of “letting go” to a certain extent. The beautiful, and often unexpected organic lines that follow the physics of nature can be seen in my work. Whether we observe nature by looking through a microscope, or the vast cosmos through the Hubble telescope, this work mirrors those same forms. These are all patterns that I have observed and been in love with since I was a little boy, and here I can reproduce these forms in a nontraditional and beautiful way.“