"I enjoy the brilliance of rich and vibrant light which, when reflected, creates living shadows. I use this quality as it relates to objects and scenes that display inherent geometries, such as buildings, boats, tables and chairs. These subject-matters provide the opportunity to utilize formal visual elements of line, shape and colour in combination, which become the focus of attention in the process of painting. Built up in layers of thin paint my paintings become carefully structured compositions. Because my way of painting requires a degree of precision and accuracy in order to achieve pictorial clarity, the work develops slowly. This slow process gives time to evaluate the creative decisions I make and these decisions are determined by a quest for my paintings to inhabit a pictorial space where the figurative meets the non-figurative.”
Nick Hais's artistic career began when he graduated from Newcastle Polytechnic with a First Class Dip.A.D in 1971. For the next four years he taught part-time on the Fine Art Degree Course at Newcastle. Since 1976 Nick has been a full time painter. He spent some time living in Greece where he had a number of very successful exhibitions. In 1979 Nick and his family moved to Dorset and for many years Nick owned and ran The Alpha Gallery in Dorset, together with his partner Jill Mirza, with whom he also co-wrote a colour theory book 'Mix Your Own Acrylics'. He and Jill continue to live in Swanage. In recent years Nick has undertaken several commissions, including one to supply a number of large paintings for two of the newest generation of cruise ships. Paintings by Nick are in various corporate and private collections, including those of Accenture, Lucida plc, P&O, Prudential plc, and Craig Venter. His work is regularly exhibited in England and the United States.