Nick Lepard is a new Vancouver artist just beginning his professional career. Diane Farris first saw his work in the summer of 2006. Upon visiting his studio, she was sufficiently impressed to show a large major painting entitled From Milan to Vienna in a 2006 summer exhibit. As demand for his work increased, Lepard had his first solo exhibition, entitled Isabella, in June, 2008.
Lepard’s style is raw, competent and confident beyond his years. Like the work of artists he admires – for example, the American writer Charles Bukowski, a “hard-boiled anti-hero”, and British painter Jenny Saville, who “constructs painting with the weighty heft of sculpture” – Lepard paints with gusto and verve. He has moved beyond his earlier photorealist style to a more courageous approach that is part “happenstance” and very much about the process of moving paint around, while still maintaining artistic control.
Lepard’s parents immigrated to Canada from England. Both a Canadian and a UK citizen, he was born in Vancouver in 1983. Lepard graduated with a B.F.A. from the Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design in 2008.