New work: catching up with Nick Baxter

Nick Baxter is well known for his distinct hyper-realistic style of painting and tattooing. When it comes to his art his main focus has always been on learning and growing as much as possible in order to create a truly refined and unique work of art. Whether he’s working in

Nick Baxter / Jeff Ensminger Exhibition

Press Release Nick Baxter: Perception of Being Jeff Ensminger: Into the Void Exhibition of new works at Mindzai Creative, 2001 South Lamar #D, Austin, TX 78704 November 21 – December 3, 2014 OPENING - 8pm - 11pm Friday, November 21 Mindzai Creative in Austin Texas is pleased to present a dual exhibition of new paintings by

Nick Baxter: Notes and Advice 9

By Nick Baxter "If you wish to make certain your painting will succeed, a minimum of three things must come from you–and only you. The first thing is knowing why you want to paint your subject, the second is an analytical grasp of what you see, and the third is the

What is Art? (Part 2)

By Nick Baxter Last year I started collecting my thoughts on the continual debate in my head about what art is, and how it can be (among other things) an effective form of communication. That effort was and still is intertwined with the process of further understanding my own art, and

Shenpa II

By Nick Baxter www.nbaxter.com Here’s a process sequence for a tiny diptych painting I did a few months ago related to the recurring theme in my work of healing wounds.  This tiny little pair will be included in the forthcoming art catalogue Pint Size Paintings Volume 2, which compiles these small paintings completed by

Invocation Of Trust

By Nick Baxter Here’s a recent piece I completed for submission to an upcoming charity art exhibit at The Egan Gallery in Fullerton, California, curated by friend and fellow artist Cody Raiza who is a passionate animal welfare activist. 19661

What Is Art? (Part 1.5): An Integral Approach

By Nick Baxter In a delightful twist of fate last week, an email appeared on my computer screen (via my subscription to the Core Integral newsletter) that advanced and expanded the concepts I attempted to shed light on with my last blog post, about what art is and how to use

What Is Art? (Part 1): Self Inquiry

By Nick Baxter “If a tree falls and no one hears it, does it make a sound?” This is the kind of existential crisis I circumnavigate when considering (read: having anxiety about) the effectiveness of my paintings and the symbolism I choose to communicate with. Am I effectively expressing my intended meaning?

Health Issues With Tattooing (Mike Rubendall)

By Petri Aspvik Petri Aspvik: What type of physical problem have you encountered due to tattooing? Mike Rubendall: Before I was physically active and aware of what being in good health was, I had major back and neck pain. It seems to be a common problem amongst tattooers due to poor posture

Paradise Tattoo Gathering This Weekend

By Gabe Ripley Get ready, the Paradise Tattoo Gathering is this week! Tattooers, apprentices, collectors and the curious have been registering for the Paradise Tattoo Gathering which is coming up September 13-16 in Keystone Colorado. Hotel rooms and Condos are being booked, and seminar registrations are coming in every day. Jeff Gogue's

Nick Baxter: Walking The Razor’s Edge Mini Blog Series (Part VI)

Conclusion: New Horizons So what would our society look like if everyone wholeheartedly explored their personal limits, found their edges, played with them, gracefully forgave themselves for inevitable shortcomings and learned to remain steadfast in that shaky, uncertain, sometimes excruciating inner territory? My guess is that the resulting paradigm shift would

Nick Baxter: Walking The Razor’s Edge Mini Blog Series (Part IV)

Going Against The Grain One important distinction becomes apparent sometime after embarking on a personal challenge program: that you are suddenly at odds with the prevailing cultural attitude of convenience and pleasure craving. Someone obsessed with meeting and mastering challenges easily develops a counterintuitive yet healthy relationship to discomfort. The uneasiness