Kyle Marshall Nares

Kyle Marshall Nares is a self-taught artist who predominantly works with large-format oil paintings. He lives and works in Montreal, Canada.

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About Kyle Marshall Nares

Artist Statement:
I really started painting and drawing in 1999. I had a big old easel my grandmother
had given me, a small collection of antiquated oil paints and enough money to buy
the cheapest of acrylics. I painted in small corners of bedrooms, empty guestrooms
and on the rooftops of my different apartments over the years. When I finally lived
alone, I set up my easel off the side of my kitchen behind the dining table. The table
got moved to make space, and soon enough the easel seemed too small. I found
more space to paint in the bedroom by throwing out the TV. I got rid of coffee tables
and couches. I kept my bed in a corner. Home sweet home.

I am a self-taught artist and I predominantly work large format oil paintings. The
scale creates an impending doom that I can’t resist and the potential for chemical
manipulation with oil never ceases to fascinate me. Most of my work is very messy
by process and often messy in creation. This mess is a reaction to the fervent,
compulsive thought that leads up to the subject of a given painting. I try to keep
my work as instinctual as possible and never have a preconceived plan for the
finished product. This is the luxury I give myself. The reward for all the angst and
frustration along the creative path is the final surprise.

Currently, I am working on a series of paintings based on protests and concerts.
These works aim to address the vigor of social righteousness and the fundamental
passion of the senses. These paintings characteristically incorporate dynamic
brushwork and bold color fields with layers of drawn elements. Each of my
paintings are about a single thought- magnified and exhaustively reflected upon-
and the reaction those thoughts provoke. They are the tired marks and movements
of obsessive-compulsive labor.