David Niec

74% Moonset over Lake Michigan, 2020. Ink on paper. 11.5 x 9 inches


In a lunar month, the moon goes through a repertoire of phases, from new moon when it is in shadow to full moon when it appears as a bright white circle back to new moon at which point the cycle begins anew. It’s appearance as well as it’s pull on us is constantly shifting. At the same time it returns to familiar points.

 Nature is constantly in flux. Any attempt to study, represent or understand it makes one very aware of this. It is fascinating yet very elusive. It moves too fast to make sense of it. Nature is also cyclic. This problem  can be approached with a strategy.

I am routinely placing myself in environments at specific times to observe and interact with the moon. Over the years, my knowledge and understanding of it accumulate and the experience somehow deepens. The moon however always remains beyond my grasp.


2019    Artservency, The First Year, Gallery 224, Port Washington, WI

2018    In the Expanse of Nighttime, The Alice Wilds Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
2016    The Same But Different, Gallery 224, Port Washington, WI

2015    Where the Night, The Moon and The Waters Meet, Dean Jensen Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
2015    A Study in Light, The Jazz Gallery, Milwaukee, WI



Review, David Niec: Artist-in-Residence at Lake Twelve Preserve. A Wealth of Nature.

Review, Man and the Moon. Urban Milwaukee. Todd Mrozinski



Concordia University Art Gallery, Mequon, WI
David Nash, private collector, Blaenau Ffestiniog, North Wales
The Land: An Art Site, Albuquerque, NM
Dean Jensen, Dean Jensen Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

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