Artist Statement & Biography
What drives me to paint is a sense of impermanence and a belief that there is no better way to be in the present moment than through art, either by creating it or experiencing it.
The undercurrent of my work is an attempt to bring viewers into the present moment through the juxtaposition of elements and techniques that create movement, tension, and contrast that dissipate towards the edges of the canvas. My goal is to provide a sense of expansiveness.
Going back to the beginning - I was born in Winnipeg, Canada in 1986. I studied art at the University of Colorado under contemporary realist painter Chuck Forsman along with psychology.
Initially, I pursued psychology and was fortunate to co-author a couple of books with past APA President, Dr. Philip Zimbardo. His decades of research on human behavior greatly impacted the lens through which I see the world. Thus, the pursuit of both truth and balance has driven my writing and research as much as it has influenced my artwork.
In 2019, I began painting full-time with a focus on modern and wildlife paintings. Regardless of subject, my style is often described by others as bold, playful, and sensual.
Current gallery representation:
Guest House, Denver, Colorado
Form Studio Co, Denver, Colorado
Previous gallery representation:
Carla Wright Gallery, Denver, Colorado
Current licensing representation:
Roaring Brook Art, Elmsford, New York
Group exhibitions and projects:
Downtown Boulder Foundation, Boulder Alley Gallery project, Boulder, Colorado, 2019 (Lift Off)
Boulder Arts Week, Boulder, Colorado, 2020 (Dark to Light series)
Bunny Rabbit Art Challenge, Boulder, Colorado, 2020 (Bunny Love)
Monochromatic: A National Juried Exhibition at LHUCA, Lubbock, Texas, 2019 (Portal I)
Private and public collections:
JoSak Shipping, Colorado
Voices for Children CASA, Colorado
25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii
Boulder Art Association
Boulder County Arts Alliance
NoBo Art District
Press and publications:
Meet the Maker: Nikita Coulombe (Guest House, December 2019)
Bunny Rabbit Art Challenge aims to lift spirits with open-air gallery in Boulder (Daily Camera, April 2020)