A Hoverboard Is Changing How This Artist Paints

Abstract painters like Ed Nash are embracing the new technology.
12 January 2016, 3:00pm
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The hoverboard is no longer just a technological advancement. In 2016, it’s a vital artist tool. Over the past few months, Ed Nash, a British abstract painter based in Tennessee has integrated the hoverboard into his practice, using the two-wheeled board as a convenient means of inner-studio transportation to withstand excruciatingly long workdays in his studio in Nashville.

Nash asserts the hoverboard's usefulness in his artist practice, “I’ve noticed that [the hoverboard] is great for getting in and out of a painting quickly. What I mean by that is that I can be up close painting, then lean back on the board and I’m 10 feet away looking at the work from a different perspective. So I feel that [the hoverboard] has definitely changed the flow of the work.”

Settle II, Acrylic on canvas. Image courtesy of the artist.

Having only just started to use the hoverboard in his work process, Nash is still discovering the full extent of the board’s influence on his paintings. Beyond the changes in perspective and additional stamina that it provides, he notes that the hoverboard has “given him new energy to put into the paintings. One’s energy is translated into painting and I feel the speed, energy and flowing movement of the board comes into the painting.”  Beyond the active energy imbued by the board, Nash believes that his paintings are “more fluid from the floating nature of the board as well.”

Emerging State, Acrylic on canvas. Image courtesy of the artist.

Nash's canvases reach huge dimensions of over 6 x 6 feet. He will continue to use the board in making his art, “The hoverboard is here to stay, unless it blows up, or my wife takes it from me! It’s really integrated into my work process.” Perhaps this is due to the artist’s affinity for technology: “I tend to be an early adopter of new practices and try to use as much new technology as possible in my art work. Our ‘embodiment’ of technology has always interested me. My dissertation at university while studying fine art an psychology was about 'the disembodiment of cyberspace and its effects on personality.' Basically how we embody virtual space. So it might be getting a little analytical, but I am embodying the hoverboard.”

See Nash in action here:

To find out more about Ed’s abstract and sculptural works, take a peep at his website.


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