Nicholas Scalise

The Man and His Art
As an artist, I have found that choosing the so called right subject matter is not just a matter of honesty, good intentions or even inspiration, but it is one of hope. 

A hope that I can love the choice enough by allowing me to submerge myself to the very core where the soul lies bare. The dance on the surface is only an invitation.

Nicholas Scalise

Nicholas Scalise (1932-2009) was a celebrated fine arts artist. His career spanned over 50 years. He lived and worked in Meriden, Connecticut.  

This website is devoted to the work of the artist, Nicholas Peter Scalise (1932-2009). Nicholas Scalise was a fine arts artist whose career spanned over fifty years during which time he received over two hundred regional and national awards and had more than thirty solo exhibits at galleries and museums across the United States. He received his art education at Horace C. Wilcox Technical School, Meriden, Connecticut and the Paier School of Art in New Haven, Connecticut (1956-1959) from which he graduated with honors. The art of Nicholas Scalise may be found in public and private collections throughout the United States and abroad. 

As you peruse through the art gallery you will find common, every day scenes from his hometown of Meriden, Connecticut to Europe and Israel. In all, Nicholas worked to embrace the rhythms of life enveloping his own. Reflections of his keen perceptions of individuals going about their iives are revealed by his unparalelled ability to render otherwise ordinary daily happenings -- frozen onto his canvas for the rest of us to enjoy and understand.

In the later part of his career, Nicholas was working on an instructional art book. The book is predominately a visual expression of drawings, paintings and sculpture and the “how to look and take” procedure that he used to create them. His method was to find suggestive shapes in unlikely places and turn them into visual image statements. Currently, his wife Henrietta Scalise and their daughter, Rosann Scalise, are compiling the book. 

In addition, Rosann Scalise has published a book entitled, "The Brushstrokes That Shaped My Life", which contains twenty-six reproductions of his paintings, each accompanied by her interpretive stories/essays. You may read some of these essays and view the accompanying paintings under "A Book in the Making" tab on this website. If you are interested in purchasing a copy of the book, you may contact Rosann at 

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