“I Paint Colors”
«This sentence would be enough to understand how the art of Nico van lucas fluctuates between pictorial tradition and a very dedicate poetic message.
Color can’t be painted because color already is!
An essence to espress the contest of living, but when the latter becomes the object, as in his case, one is forced to reflect on how such a substance can actually turn into a tangible element.
Yet, the solution to this enigma cannot be found. We can look for it, but color still remains impalpable, like music, an emotional wave that from the frequency of the visible spectrum moves matter. Color, on the other hand, is not a quality of the bodies, but of the light itself so we can could say that “ painting colors” is equivalent to reproducing light, but again we would be faci g an absurdity.
Yet, art teaches us that the truth often hides in the imagination, so Van Lucas may even convince us that yes: color can indeed be painted!
To do this it will be enough to move the personal point of view from the usual idea of painting as a means to represent something, to a living entity capable of expressing itself and nothing else.»
━ Andrea Baffoni, art critic