You may have been impressed by one of his largest works hanging in Tupelo Honey Cafe depicting two large quilt blocks, but you’ll definitely be fascinated by Nick DePalma’s creative process. A Middle Tennessean for decades, Nick graduated from Vanderbilt with a fine arts degree in the 1970s and later received his second
degree in architecture from the University of Tennessee. He worked in building design for 35 years. Eventually, though, Nick decided it was time to make his bigger dreams a reality; his desire was to create art and make art his full-time profession.

His medium is referred to as assemblage, a three-dimensional cousin to collage. Through found objects he gathers, he watches them evolve through his own manipulation. What speaks to Nick in an object is its form, not necessarily its function. He combines discarded objects to make a more sophisticated piece. And Nick has used it all: wood, metal, feathers, plastic. He has no idea where the objects will take him when he begins. The point of discovery for him is just as exciting and rewarding as watching objects take on a life of their own. Nick titles his pieces with his own inspiration and often tells the eventual owner to title it for themselves, having both the artist and the viewer work together. Witnessing reactions to pieces is something Nick enjoys. His pieces are not figurative and are not created to resemble a figure or form. Most stand at two to three feet tall and can be viewed from any angle, making them abstract. 

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