the artist

Nick Cassway

Nick Cassway

Philadelphia, PA

Nick Cassway

In a young child’s life, dramatic play is a meaningful way for them to participate in the world by acting out roles they have observed, expressing their interests and practicing being grown-ups.  This series of spray paint and gold leafed drawings captures these intimate moments in time offering an opportunity to consider the formative steps of our development as social humans.
The spray paint & gold leaf drawings are executed using computer cut stencils that precisely mimic quick, loose and unrefined ink drawings.  The medium, typically used by the signmaking industry, offers the ability to render work that retains a hand drawn appearance yet maintains a crisp machine made edge.  Each image begins with a number of “takes” of original brush and ink drawings which are then spliced together in the computer.  The resulting drawings use judicious linework that portray the subjects with vitality and veracity.  The colors, stemming from a limited yet audacious color palette, paired with the gold leaf serves to elevate and illuminate these moments.

Fast Facts

Name: Nick Cassway


Place of Birth: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Tyler School of Art, 1990, BFA painting

Notable or memorable instructors or mentors:
John Dowell, Richard Cramer, Frank Bramblett

Particular field of study or class work:

Major influences/admired artists:
Mad Magazine, Any comics drawn by Jack Kirby, DaDa, surrealism, Russian Constructivism

Favorite materials or media:
Computer Cut Vinyl and Stencils, Brush and Ink

School or university affiliation (when Convention Center acquired artwork):
Drexel University, Design and Merchandising program

Gallery Representation (when Convention Center acquired artwork):
James Oliver Gallery

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