New York and Miami artist Nick Moss does not use traditional canvas or paint brushes; instead, he uses steel, welders, and blow torches to create his original works. Although his artwork exudes the same elegance and beauty, his process sets Moss apart from traditional painting methods. Moss constantly explores new ways to create art by experimenting with temperamental metals. Various welding techniques and blow torches are used to create his compositions. Using extreme heat (anywhere from 200 to 36,000 degrees) either to adhere to a particular color or patina or to get the Material so hot that it warps and crinkles fighting against you. When speaking of the process, Moss says “when you are willing to be surprised and accept the challenges, it can all work out beautifully."

His latest collection of wearable art displays the power of emotions through icons we're so familiar with; EMOJIS. Initially, Moss had complex feelings about emojis and how they had seemingly replaced communication and the power of words. Over time while observing their role in society and the natural simplicity they engulf, his opinion has altered. "They have their voice," says Moss, "we modernized Egyptian hieroglyphics with icons that speak so many feelings and get to the point, especially for those times when verbalizing or writing them out just isn't happening. They do say words; they can make you feel happy or mad, create questions, or give a simple answer," he continues. "It's funny how someone can send you an emoji, and you somehow see their unique expression in
your mind.”


Artist Nick Moss' Solo Debut At Leila Heller Gallery

"I work only in steel," said artist Nick Moss at the entrance of the Leila Heller Gallery, where he had hung the colorful, minimalist, geometric two-dimensional sculptures he calls Steel Shapes in clean rows along the white walls. "It's a continual exploration of working with the material. I never know how intense the color will be on these new works, or exactly what they will look like." Read the Full Article

"Substitute for Words" at Casterline Goodman Gallery

Artist Nick Moss is concerned with “the deterioration of language.” His show at Casterline Goodman Gallery features large works made from steel representing the emojis we have all grown so accustomed to in text and social media. Moss is a Michigan native and studied welding and metal fabrication before moving to New York City in 2007. The precision, not to mention danger, involved with welding make his sculptures all the

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Painting With
Fire on Steel

New York artist Nick Moss ’ first encounter with steel was when he was growing up in rural Michigan on a farm. If a piece of machinery broke, “you fixed it,” Moss recalls.

While the artist’s current work with steel has little to do with repairing a plough, it harkens back to the farm in shapes and colors evocative of expansive farm fields. His biggest inspiration, he says, are “aerial images of farmland, divided by trees, that I've actually worked on, grown crops on.”

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This Artist Is Turning Emojis Into Steel Artifacts ///

A decade after the release of emojis in 2008, Moss seems to be spotlighting, and in many ways dramatizing, what he views as the decline of communication. While the emoji may seem everyday, right now — and especially in the context of fine art — Moss' work is something future generations can look back on in the same way we examine Egyptian hieroglyphics. What did the side-eye emoji really mean? And how in hell was the eggplant emoji used?

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Artist Nick Moss Solo Debut Exhibition
Rigorous Perception

While replacing the paint brush with torches and welding guns, Moss applies an industrial approach to eliminate the canvas, substituting it with steel to present a new vision of one of the most captivating forms in art history, exploring the line between the classical and the imperfect of the female figure as both a symbol of vulnerability and power, simultaneously. The unusual depiction of flesh in steel further bends the line between hard and soft of the work and reinforces the complexity of the nude today, placing the customarily purified image on an untainted medium.

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Nick Moss Cuts & Manipulates Steel to Create
Intricate Artworks

Michigan-born artist Nick Moss specializes in creating intricate artworks using welding techniques. Entirely made by hand without any studio assistance, Moss utilizes diverse industrial tools to “cut and manipulate the material as if it were painted on canvas,” said Leila Heller Gallery in a statement. His most unconventional canvas of choice is large sheets of steel.

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Nick Moss Previews "Rigorous Perception" At Leila
Heller Gallery

Nick Moss became a professional artist relatively late. At 33 years old, Moss was previously an entrepreneur who helped build barbecue grill company Traeger into a successful business, subsequently selling it with business partner Keith Barish at a huge profit. Read the Full Article


With titles such as Some kinda white over some kinda black (2019) from a recent show at Leila Heller, New York, there is a seriousness and playfulness about Nick Moss’ work. Upon first glance, the two panel paintings appear as just that, two rectangular shapes with rounded edges, one stacked on top of the other with surface variation. However, when inspecting further it became apparent that they are not your regular paintings. Shaped steel, as the exhibition title suggests, has an aura of pigment from the artist applying various tinted patinas. Read the Full Article

Meet The Art World’s Man Of Steel

Michigan-bred artist Nick Moss has been surrounded by steel his entire life. He first got acquainted with the material growing up on a farm and parlayed that into a high school job at an industrial contracting company. “I was a farm kid. I was always surrounded by large machines and equipment made of steel,” says the 34-year-old self-taught artist. Read the Full Article

Nick Moss is Painting with Fire

For artist Nick Moss, steel is the canvas. Using patinas and high heat, he creates abstract works that are a departure from the modernist tendency to make anything in metal monolithic. Moss creates his investigations of color, material, and shape at a studio in upstate New York. Raised on a farm, with training in welding and metal fabrication, his current artistic practice is completely self-taught. Read the Full Article

Artist Nick Moss on His ‘Steel Shapes’

Nick Moss has had a lifelong relationship with steel. Whether working with it during his childhood in the Midwest or establishing it as his medium of choice when he launched his art practice over seven years ago, the metal material has long been the source and outlet for his creative expression. “Looking at steel, I see the beauty of working with industrial tools and using the material,” he says. “Steel is my canvas and using tools and industrial processes as my paintbrush.” Read the Full Article

Five Minutes with Artist Nick Moss

New York-based artist, Nick Moss, doesn’t use a traditional canvas to create his artwork – but rather cut steel and industrial tools as part of his methodology to explore materiality and color. His process is not simple, in fact, he uses a blow torch instead of your standard paint brush. Read the Full Article

Hamptons Social Diary: Painting with fire, panting for milkshakes

I usually leave the weather reports to DPC, but 65 degrees on January 11th, must be noted. That and more than 1 billion animals perished in Australia (and yes, I mourn the people too, though they were thankfully, in smaller numbers). It makes me think a lot, about climate change, and of who will do something about it. OK. I will exit the soapbox. Read the Full Article

Steel Nudes

I met Nick Moss on a flawless fall day: the leaves seemed to change before our very eyes, the impossibly abundant trees that surrounded his ridiculously chic house atop a hill in upstate New York rolled out into the distance in shades of yellow, red and orange like a Bob Ross landscape—a classic panorama that felt exactly like the delicious slice of Americana that it was. Read the Full Article

Nick Moss Makes Solo Debut at Leila Heller Gallery

This Wednesday, the Leila Heller Gallery in Chelsea, Manhattan opened its newest exhibition “Rigorous Perception” featuring the talented Nick Moss. Born in Metamora, Michigan, Moss worked for a crop farm and industrial contracting company- where he grew his knowledge of metallurgy and fabrication. Years later- in 2014, Moss redirected his extensive skill set towards personal creative ventures, developing it into what it is today. Working without the help of studio assistance, each piece is meticulously crafted by the artist behind the safety of a full face welding helmet. Read the Full Article

Artist Nick Moss Creates Steel Paintings

American artist Nick Moss prefers to work with stretched out steel sheets, in lieu of traditional canvas, manipulated under extreme temperatures with a welding gun-kind of “brush” to create 85-90 lb. paintings in his upstate New York studio. His latest work is now on view at Leila Heller Gallery, in a solo exhibition, Rigorous Perception, which includes nine nudes, three abstract pieces, and four of the artist’s emoji works. Read the Full Article

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Nick Moss uses industrial tools such as torches and welding guns to manipulate sheets of metal at temperatures as high as 36,000 degrees, creating stunning steel paintings. A master of material, Moss keeps his temperamental steel sheets from warping or wrinkling as he creates abstract compositions or powerful steel nudes. Read the Full Article

Nick Moss “Rigorous Perception”

The exhibition, spanning across two gallery spaces will showcase nine nudes, three abstract works, and four of Moss’s earlier emoji and text works that respond to the process of working with steel, through a masterly understanding of a temperamental material that wrinkles, distorts and moves. The ever-changing canvas, when handled precisely with the weld, molds and warps, invoking a mood through the passage of light and time. Read the Full Article

In the studio creating some new wearable work!