Artist ∴ About
As discussed on Playboy Radio, printed in Bizarre Magazine, featured in LA Weekly, and interviewed on A&E’s Biography, LA based artist Nick Kushner paints surreal and esoteric visions using a most personal pigment – his own blood.
Kushner likens his work to “Art as modern-day alchemy by the literal and complete immersion within it, using the most personal and symbolic medium innately possible.” His art, which taps into the darker recesses of the human psyche with esoterically surreal imagery that is driven not only by his knowledge of the occult, but by life experience as well, has been exhibited across America and published throughout the world.
9.10.11 in downtown Los Angeles at Studio Servitú marked Kushner’s first solo art exhibition. Sponsored by Jade Absinthe, Evil Wine, Lip Service and Monster Energy Drink the opening night was DJed by Twiggy Ramirez (Marilyn Manson bassist/guitarist/songwriter) and boasted an attendence of over 500, including Marilyn Manson himself who world premiered the public listening of his forthcoming album Born Villain. Kushner’s exhibition, entitled ‘Les Crimes De L’Amour’, ranked as #4 on LA Weekly‘s ‘Top 10 Badass Parties of 2011‘ year in review, beating out high profile events such as the Playboy Mansion’s Kandyland party and others.
11.11.11 celebrated Kushner’s major follow-up as a collaborative exhibition between himself, award winning photographer Anthony Silva and legendary magician and illusionist Rudy Coby. Among other celebritries, artists and musicians, Ginger Fish and super-model Janice Dickinson were distinguished guests at the opening.
In 2012, Kushner’s painting, ‘Maldoror’, was recently featured on the cover (which he also designed) of the new Russian edition of ‘Les Chants de Maldoror‘, a work which is considered to be the first ever surrealist novel. ‘Maldoror’ will also be displayed the Museum Of Fantastic Art in Vienna in April 2012. Kushner is additionally a lifelong pursuant of the occult. He authors the site The NACHTKABARETT, a site which is an analysis and dissection of the occult imagery within the art of Marilyn Manson which is scheduled to be published in book form by a major publisher.