iCanvas is thrilled to present this stunning selection of works by the acclaimed artist and writer Nick Bantock. In his idiosyncratic oeuvre, Bantock elegantly intermingles the textual and the figurative, all the while anchoring his distinct visual style in the abstract playfulness of the early avant-garde. His works are bombastically inter-media: from oils to inks, pastels to graphite, Bantock's works are resplendent with varying surfaces and textures. Bantock's style is manifested best in his collages that draw upon the recent genre of Mail Art: a painterly use of found paper artifacts, vintage maps, used stamps, block printed lettering, and mislaid documents. Throbbing with nostalgia and an exhilarating sense of a journey travelled, these works are a direct address to the shrewd art collector.
Mail Art is an art form that allows written correspondence, the letter and the envelope, to become a medium of artistic expression, giving a vehicle for both a textual and image-based communication. As an alternative to traditional modes of artistic expression, Mail Art traditionally did not work on elite or market values, as one of the essential conditions of mail art is that it must have passed through the hands of the postal services. The artist, having become the sender, relinquishes control over the passage of the work, leaving it in the hands of the centuries-old network of written communications. Celebrating this unique form, Bantock finds the perfect outlet for his overlapping talents as an artist and a writer, and traces the dreams of travel, the routes of communication, and the beauty of the printed word in this wondering series of printed canvases.