"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.  
NICK  HAIS