This painting depicts an elevated deck on a modern home as it peeks out from between a dense group of trees. McPhail’s deft paint handling and brushwork imbues the image with an energetic vitality, while the composition conveys a subtly voyeuristic tone—as if it is trying to provide a glimpse into a hidden space. This painting is exemplary of the artist’s dynamic balance between abstraction and representation.
Nick McPhail's work chronicles encounters between Los Angeles’ manufactured and natural environments in a combination of impressionistic and painterly flourishes. His compositions feature mid-century architecture among tropical plants and convey the seductive yet unknowable essence of the city.
Nick McPhail’s paintings chronicle encounters between the manufactured and natural environments of Los Angeles. His compositions contrast the city’s hard-edged architecture with its lush foliage and tropical plants. McPhail employs a refined combination of painterly and impressionistic flourishes to convey the seductive yet ultimately unknowable essence of the city.