Seller Story: Nick Bubash
Meet Nick Bubash: not solely a painter, a graphic artist, a draftsman, an assemblage-creator, a sculptor, or a tattooer. Bubash is a true artist. He does it all. Nick, genetically and stylistically, is a melting pot. He comes from an extremely mixed European background. From his bevy of cultural inspirations, to his tattoo covered arms, to his eclectic mix of artwork, Nick embodies artistic diversity. “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."
As a child, Bubash was dyslexic and struggled to write. He used art, specifically drawing, to express himself. Growing up, Nick’s mother drew beautifully, and she used to say to a young Nick, “If you can’t draw, you can’t be in the club”. That was his initial inspiration to join the world of art. “I can’t remember not drawing,” he said.
At the ripe age of 19, after attending Penn State for a year, Nick made his way to New York City to pursue art. He began working for visual artist Peter Max, and, soon after, he met and received his first tattoo from the legendary artist, Thom DeVita. Nick then began an apprenticeship with DeVita, with whom he spent many years studying and working alongside. “Going in and seeing Devita’s studio was an eye-opener for me– it was like going to Mecca. The whole place was just one big piece of art, including him… the whole place was art. And I was home.”
Nick Bubash Offset Lithograph from Portfolio "Thom deVita: deVita Unauthorized"
John Wyatt Archival Inkjet Print "David, Mobile Home Builder"
John Wyatt Archival Inkjet Print "Thom deVita, Tattoo Artist - 1995"
John Wyatt Archival Inkjet Print "David, Retired Gardening Supervisor"
In 1982, per the constant request of his close friend and mentor, Thom DeVita, Nick attended the Pennsylvania Academy of The Fine Arts. In addition to furthering his drawing expertise, Nick developed a passion and natural skill for sculpture at The Academy. There, he graduated with the highest honors, won a number of awards in sculpture and graphics, and earned himself the Scheidt Travel grant. He chose India as his destination, being most interested, very specifically, in 9th – 12th century Indian sculpture. Some of the sculptures he created during his time in India mixed human and animal forms, providing infinite combinations.
Bubash’s artwork is inspired by his travel abroad, his time at The Academy, and his desire to take on new forms of art. Bubash regularly exhibits his work, including a show at The Warhol Museum in 2013.
Nick has made it a point to learn from and collaborate with other artists throughout his entire career. He has worked with Peter Max, Robert Qualters, John Wyatt, Mike Malone, Ed Hardy, and, of course, his mentor, Thom DeVita. Nick Bubash’s work is intentionally harmonious and has a natural flow that is a result of his synergistic collaborations and diverse influences.
In the form of gifts from other artists, collaborative works, and individual pieces of art, Nick has accumulated an extensive collection of artwork. Bubash’s home is filled with these pieces, but a small portion of his collection is now available at auction.
This collection of artwork represents Nick Bubash’s vast experiences, personal associations, friendships, and a lifetime of hard work.