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Nicholas Ives

The following is the letter written by Nicholas which accompanied the artwork sent to our members as part of his commission for the Art Club.

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Dear Art Club member,

Enjoy this donut. It’s sugary and sweet. It will melt in your mouth, dissolve into nothing.  A little hit of joy.  Some say the universe is shaped like a donut… circling an empty centre.  Perhaps we are all living inside a giant baked sweet covered in strawberry glaze. Could be worse. I’m no astrophysicist though; I have no idea about such things. I’ve heard we could all be living in a giant block of cheese too. Why is it always food?

I’ve really enjoyed making this series of donuts for Artbox this month - each piece is a hand-painted original. Thank you for supporting artists! The subject derives from my ongoing body of work playfully exploring meaninglessness and the absurd.  Sometimes a little moment of joy is really as good as life gets. Maybe everything just dissolves away, eventually.

Nicholas Ives, March 2016.


'Cosmic Donut'

Oil paint on paper
Edition of 60 for the Artbox Art Club
21 cm x 30 cm
Nicholas Ives, 2016