A graduate from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2012, Nick Rooney has spent much of his time focusing on the craft of oil painting. Primarily working with the human figure, his work has been shown locally as well as internationally 

Nick is currently pursuing an MA in Painting from the University of the Arts London, at the Camberwell College of Arts in London, England. 


My painting practice has always been an attempt to explore the complexity of emotions that make up the human experience while furthering my understanding of art history and traditional materials. This series of oil paintings and graphite drawings combine minimal shapes with a still life to analyze how I interpret emotion while recognizing our innate tendency to anthropomorphize. It is in our nature to personify, and in personifying we no longer view what is around us as just form or object, but as distinct symbols that we can begin to decipher.


Although minimalism can be seen in opposition to realism, both are found as you break down classical compositions to their abstracted forms. These forms can convey all the necessary drama as they take on elements of what is referred to as the psychology of shape, each shape has a meaning and influence. Constructed together they establish a dialogue between classical realism and minimalist sculpture exploring how one aims to create the illusion of complex forms while the other simplifies them. The relationship between painting and sculpture, abstraction and realism results in interesting friction that opens the door to continue the narrative about how we experience weight, pressure, gravity, light, and the meaning behind the objects around us.


Pairing abstraction with the representational creates an interaction to further study the materiality of paint and the idea of material as a function. To further understand my working methods and those used by painters throughout history I began a personal exploration into hand mulling oil paint, experimenting with drying oils and the many characteristics of color pigments. I continue to build on the specialized skills needed to craft a work that speaks to both the history of painting and the elements of art.  






  • Bachelor of Fine Arts , Painting . Alberta College of Art & Design, Calgary, Alberta. 



  • Jason Lang Scholarship - 2011

  • Jason Lang Scholarship- 2010




  • Messengers, Nov 22-23. New Edward Gallery, Calgary Alberta 




  • Ghost Stories, September 13-October 10. Ruberto Ostberg Gallery, Calgary Alberta. 

  • Paint Pushers, 11th Annual Group Show, September 27-29, 1838 Westmount Rd NW, Calgary Alberta. 


  • New Edward Gallery:Under Five Hundred Group Show, Dec 14- 22. New Edward Gallery, Calgary Alberta. 

  • The Paint Exhibition, October 12-13. 239-29 Ave NE, Calgary Alberta.

  • Art Calgary 2018 , March 15-17. cSpace King Edward , Calgary Alberta. 

  • Peoples Portrait Prize, March 12-24. cSpace King Edward, Calgary Alberta .


  • Neon & Cream Pop up Show, December 1-2. St. Louis Hotel, Calgary Alberta. 

  • ​Daydreamers Group Show, October 20-21. 239-29 Ave NE, Calgary Alberta. 

  • Trinity Group Show, June 21-24. Christine Klassen Gallery, Calgary Alberta. 

  • Connections 2017 Group Show, June 16-July 8. Ruberto Ostberg Gallery, Calgary Alberta. 

  • Peoples Portrait Prize, March 19-25 . cSpace King Edward, Calgary Alberta. 



  • Unicorn Dreams Group Show, October 14-15. 239-29 Ave NE, Calgary Alberta. 

  • Second Coming Group Show, June 24- 30. Christine Klassen Gallery, Calgary Alberta. 

  • Connections 2016 Group Show, June 17-July 9. Ruberto Ostberg Gallery, Calgary Alberta. 

  • Collaborations in Paint. Group Show , June 3-July 31. Peanut Gallery , Calgary Alberta 



  • The Changing Face, Calgary Contemporary Portraiture. Group Show, September 1-30.           Essentia, Calgary, Alberta             

  • Connections 2015 Group Show. June 12-July 4, Ruberto Ostberg Gallery, Calgary Alberta 



  • Louder Than Words ACAD Grad Show, May 17-26,  ACAD, Calgary, Alberta 2011  

  • Terrible Disappointments Fourth Year Painting Show. November 6-12,   

    ACAD, Calgary, Alberta  

  • 4th International Art Fair “Antik & Kunst Stuttgart -Sirdelfingen”. January, 

    Stuttgart, Germany 



  •   Blank Canvas. October 1st, Higher Ground, Calgary, Alberta 

  •   Arte Moderna Dalla Polonia. September 18- October 8, Gallery Pliedro,    Trieste Italy 



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