Nicholas O’Leary (born in 1986 in Gisborne, New Zealand) and has a degree in Architecture from the University of Auckland (2009). Since graduating he has lived and worked in Bergen, Norway, where he can be found hiking in the mountains with his easel strapped to his backpack in often challenging conditions.
He has painted since childhood and has studied under many artists, most notably with Odd Nerdrum in Norway.
O’Leary works largely from life whereby the observation of previously unnoticed subtleties are prioritised. The recognition of which allow O’Leary to bend physical rules in his paintings and challenge our perceptions of truth and deception, reality and fantasy.
The accumulation and manipulation of observations is not limited by a specific subject matter. He paints across the board, and has won international prizes in portraiture, figurative paintings, larger imaginative compositions, landscapes, cityscapes, and still lifes.
O’Leary has participated in many exhibitions, most recently; Museu Europeu d’Art Modern (Barcelona), Salmagundi Club, (New York), Principle Gallery (Alexandria/USA), SceneArt (London), Galleri Pan (Geilo, Stavern, Oslo), Galleri Henrik Gerner (Moss).
He also holds workshops at the Florence Academy of Art in Sweden.