Indiana Ahead by Nemo
Indiana Ahead by Nemo is an original Mixed Media on Canvas. Gallery Wrapped and Stretched 30″ x 60″
This dynamic creation by Nemo features the city of Indianapolis. Showcased are The Soldiers and Sailors Monument, Monument Circle, Lucas Oil stadium, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with a nod to our own native David Letterman’s Late Show in lights.
Additional Indianapolis landmarks included in this epic painting are: The Arts Garden, The Children’s Museum, Victory Field, Scottish Rite Cathedral, St. Elmo’s.
Not to be left out there are references for the revered academic institutions: Indiana University, the Purdue Boilermaker, the Butler Bulldog and the Notre Dame Fightin’ Irish.
An Indianapolis painting collage would not be quite complete without the beloved Indianapolis Colts, a basketball hoop for March mania as well as the Indiana Pacers and race cars.
Jazz great, Wes Montgomery and the L.S. Ayres clock remind us of Indiana’s past.
About the Artist
Nemo was born Victor Colesnicenco and grew up in Chisinau, the capital city of Moldova. This Eastern European nation is known for its rich artistic heritage. Nemo, as he is known to his friends, remembers being fascinated by the carvings and other craft works that surrounded him. He particularly loved paintings and, at a young age, was determined to become an artist.
Nemo began intense inquiry into the style and techniques of the famous painters. He was particularly impressed by the work of Ivan Shishkin and Salvador Dali. He enrolled in art school but did not enjoy the strict academic style of the Russian based academy. Knowing that a standard education was not for him, he abandoned it to pursue training on his own. His talent quickly flourished and he began organizing large outdoor art fairs to show his work as well as that of other young artists.
After completing his tour in the Soviet Army where he served for two years, Nemo rediscovered his motivation to become a professional artist. He started a business restoring works of art and painting murals in churches with a good friend. Their business flourished with the reemergence of religious freedom in the post-Soviet era.
Moving from city to towns throughout the countryside inspired a desire for further travel. Nemo jumped on an opportunity to immigrate to Canada. His family decided to settle just north of Toronto, Ontario. Nemo sees Canada as a gateway to the world. From his new home he is able to freely explore places all over the globe.
The prevalent theme in Nemo’s work is travel and the discovery of the beauty and excitement in new places. He sometimes paints natural depictions of scenic locales or he fuses varying cities to create his own unique cityscapes. His fused or constructed cities seem to offer the viewer the opportunity to visit many places at once.
Nemo enjoys many outdoor activities especially fishing and cycling when he’s not painting. His work is widely collected and is represented in galleries throughout Canada and the USA.
Finding the art institutions of his native Moldova stale and uninteresting, Nemo chose to travel and experiment with new and innovative art techniques. instead of formal training. His interest in multi-media art allows him to bring vastly different elements together as he constructs his very imaginative cityscapes.
My goal as an artist is to be free. I want to be free to develop new techniques and investigate new subjects.
Nemo’s most popular works are Mixed Media in a very modern collage style. Although he can, and often does, work in a very traditional style. Using both oils and acrylics he creates paintings with a plein-air feel. He is able to capture the light and feel of a place and impart that feeling to the viewer.
Nemo is also constantly investigating and developing new techniques. His international cityscape series is an innovative style combining photography, printing and painting. Through printing and subsequent pasting of his photographs; he then paints with acrylics and glazes to construct a fused and somewhat surreal vision of different cities. The charm and mood of famous cities are combined to create a dreamlike memory of time and space.