ITAS Podcast Season 9, Ep.1
Well… I’m extra geeky in this episode because my guests Kyrstin and Bryce Nihill came from a very interesting background – and advertising world of the 80s-90s New York! Both had great careers as graphic designers and both had gone a long way from the manual to digital graphic design. How cool is that!
After they moved to California, both reconnected with their original art practices and created a conjoined exhibition called Form & Flow that juxtaposes their completely different art styles in a cohesive story.
The show is on display at the Perspectives Space in Encinitas, CA Dec.1-Dec.30, 2023.
About Kyrstin Nihill
Kyrstin Nihill works professionally as a Design Director and has over 20 years of experience developing interactive and print communications across a variety of industry sectors. She is passionate about creating good design that is visually appealing and communicates effectively. And she has carried this passion and commitment into her fine art process as well.
By working as an artist for the past decade, Kyrstin has cultivated the art of relinquishing expectations, immersing herself in the diverse spectrum of emotions that surface throughout the creative process. Whether grappling with anger and disappointment or reveling in excitement and awe, she finds herself navigating the unpredictable nature of alcohol ink, compelling her to stay attuned to the present moment—responding to the canvas with spontaneity. Amidst this fluidity, Kyrstin explores color and compositions that evoke a variety of emotions that make up our shared human experience and profoundly connect us all.
About Bryce Nihill
Bryce Nihill works professionally as a visual designer and a commissioned fine artist. He studied Fine Arts and Communication Design at Pratt Institute where he received a BFA. Originally from the Northeast, he spent more than two decades working as a Graphic Designer, Illustrator, and Creative Director in New York City crafting digital and interactive experiences for a number of Fortune 500 clients.
Since relocating to Carlsbad, California in 2016, Nihill has rekindled his love of analog-art and has been working primarily in painting, drawing, and collage. His recent work has been featured in several group shows in the San Diego area.
Intrigued by the concepts set forth in the study of quantum fields, his work is informed by the proposed frameworks that help to make sense of the chaotic energy that underlies our reality. His use of repetitive forms, layered grids, and bold color palettes create dynamic geometric compositions filled with rhythm and graphic intensity.
Artwork from the Form & Flow show
Links and references
Official website: nihillart.com
Official website: jet1a.com/art
Perspectives Spase: Form & Flow exhibition