Plainsboro Public Library – May – June 2018 – The Plainsboro Library will present a collection of hand-painted and fired ceramic tile art by Central Jersey artist Adrian Nicoara. The exhibit will include original portraits, landscapes, and still life, as well as interpretations of classical art; it will also include decorative tiles and plates. Most of the work is created on 6 inch tiles, arranged in groupings that measure 12 inches to 36 inches. They are edged in copper, and assembled in high quality hand-made wooden frames with inlaid fabrics or papers, which serve to enhance the tiles within. The public is invited to an art reception on Sunday, June 3, 2 – 4 pm. The exhibit runs May 26 – June 20, 2018.

Adrian Nicoara was born and raised in Transylvania, a historical region in today’s central Romania, where he received a degree in chemical engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of Iasi. He came to the US in 1995, and has lived and worked in New York City, Omaha, Nebraska, and presently, Monroe Township, NJ. His passion for art was reignited after retirement as he joined art and ceramic classes through the South Brunswick Senior Center. Since then, he has explored many subjects – mostly portraitures – and developed a wide collection of ceramics, oils, watercolors, and clay. His work reflects a strong understanding of the creative process, and he has won numerous awards, including in the Middlesex County Senior Art Show.

Nicoara is inspired by Chinese and Japanese ceramics, and heavily influenced by Van Gogh and Caravaggio. He has painted many reproductions by Master Artists; parts of these images can be seen in several of his ceramic tiles, such as a detail of a man condemned to hell in the Sistine Chapel’s “The Last Judgement” by Michelangelo. One of his original landscapes shows the New York skyline from his home in Flushing; another is a still life of a vase of tulips – all painted with strong color glazes made more vibrant in the firing process.

The Plainsboro Library is located at 9 Van Doren Street, Plainsboro, NJ. Hours are 10-8:30 Monday – Thursday, and 10-5 Friday – Sunday. For more information, call 609-275-2897.


Donna Senopoulos
Plainsboro Public Library