"Nick Bubash is the Mad Scientist of : Beauty and Poetry, the Sacred and Profane, the wild and lyrically vulgar, that make kin of us all...If you threw e.e.cummings, Kurt Schwitters, Georg Grosz, Charles Bukowski, and Otto Dix into a blender?...you would make a huge mess...but it would maybe resemble Nick Bubash, in that he is singular; and only like himself..." -Tony Fitzpatrick
"Bubash’s practice has always embraced a diverse range of stylistic approaches – from naturalistic figure studies, to fantastical imagery influenced by his work as a tattooist, and absurdist found object sculptures. In his recent sculptures Always present, however, is Bubash’s sense of humor. In his recent sculptures he deconstructs (both literally and metaphorically) bric-a-brac, toys, tattoo needles and other inexplicable cast-offs of a hyperactive consumer culture; before reassembling them in compelling, unexpected and often hilarious forms. Described by the artist as ‘vignettes’, they marry traditional sculptural principles of balance, proportion and volume with a sense of satire and play." - Nick Chambers
Nick Bubash lives and works in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as a fine artist and a tattoo artist. He opened Route 60 Tattoo in 2008. He was educated in fine art at Penn State University for several years before he moved to New York. In New York City, he worked for Peter Max before he met Thom DeVita, with whom he spent five years studying and tattooing. Bubash was strongly encouraged by DeVita to return to his formal art education. He attended The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia in the 80's and graduated with the highest honors and multiple awards, including the Scheidt Traveling Grant, which allowed him to study abroad. He chose India as his destiny, being most interested, very specifically, in 9th - 12th century Indian sculpture. These sculptures mixed human and animal forms and provided an infinite combinations. His time spent in India has been an incredible influence on his work and he continues to visit as often as possible.
Nick Bubash's fine art and tattooing processes are not confined by any particular style. He strives to continually evolve his work by being fluent in many mediums. This approach keeps his work fresh and meaningful. His voluminous output ranges from drawings, paintings, sculptures, collages, assemblages, etching and print making. His inspiration comes from many sources. When asked about the creation of his assemblages, he discusses the human desire to naturally reorder objects. There are times in which a found object might lead to an idea and other times when the found objects seem to come together in a natural reordering.
"My father is Croatian, probably Turkish, my mother is Sicilian, a descendant of Sephardics, my family is Irish, my brother is Italian and Spanish and my sisters married a Pole, a German, and a Hungarian (one each.) My neighbors are African and Icelandic, my dog is a Maltese, my cats are from Siam and I am reincarnated from India. My food is Algerian with bread from France, nuts from Brazil, tea from China and coffee from Kenya, my watch and cheese are Swiss and my caviar is Russian. My car is Japanese, my shoes Bolivian, my shirt Pakistani, my carpets are Persian, my dishes and radio are from Mexico. My silverware and language are English. The children's toys are from Taiwan, my didgeridoo is Aboriginal.
I am extremist by nature, my religion is fundamentalist by choice and my rabbi is Baptist. I wear the skin of a Maori and my art is at least, in part, if not completely, a result of the criss cross of the above."
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