What started in August 2021 as a newfound creative outlet, turned into something much bigger than he ever could have expected. Going by the handle @nbultman_art on Instagram and TikTok, Nick Bultman documents his journey with abstract art, making everything from process videos with trendy sounds, to bold, gallery-ready pieces.
Although, he was born and raised in California, Nick currently resides in Gilbert, AZ. He does not have any formal art education but rather graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Industrial Technology from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Nick has always had an interest in the relationship between science, technology, engineering and the creative arts. Having worked in the corporate environment of engineering and sales for several years post-college, he found himself frustrated with his lack freedom to artistically express his deepest intuitions. After years of scrolling through social media, he decided to take these intuitions seriously, document his journey and take the leap from private inspirations to public demonstration.
Nick has since gained over 400,000 followers across platforms such as Instagram and Tiktok and is displaying his art at local Arizona shops and has recently partnered with Red Eight Gallery, located at the iconic Royal Exchange in London. Nick's focus is to create bold, kinetic, unique works of art while sharing his journey to entertain and inspire others to manifest their creativity.
This website represents a gallery of Nick's works, testimonials, and prints for sale. You can reach Nick directly by sending a message through his contact page or sending him a DM @nbultman_art on Instagram.
“In the majority of my work, I endeavour to show a sharp juxtaposition between symmetrical lines and natural paint movements. This makes my paintings stand out rather than blend into their surroundings. I want people to feel the energy behind my paintings and be inspired by each work’s energy and motion; I want people’s immediate senses to be captivated by the unique forms; I want their imagination to run free with how those forms resonate with them. A motto I strongly identify with is “show, don’t tell”.
I like to explore the unique benefits that physical art, like painting, sculpture, graffiti, etc. have over digitally created art. I think computer programs are limited to the world of bits, not the world of matter; I have yet to see a computer program enable you to accurately represent a paint splash with perfect, compositional awareness. Without quantum computing, it is impossible to accurately model the interplay between earth’s physics such as gravity, temperature, paint densities, utensil contact shape and strike speeds. Computer programs do a great job of creating perfect straight lines and smooth gradients; I try to paint perfect lines in contrast with organic paint movements to explore the relationship between the digital and physical world.
90% of my time is spent mixing paints, preparing canvases, masking, executing digital renders and planning. However, the real magic behind my artwork relies on one single moment of focused effort. After several attempts on practice canvases, I build up my muscle memory to ultimately convey my motion to a prepared canvas. My brain shuts off and my body becomes one with my utensil. Since every muscle movement critically affects the overall composition, I will only attempt the movement when I’m prepared and in a flow state. I’m most proud of my work when I’m pursuing something new, when I’m pushing the boundaries of my technique.”