Nik was born in Birmingham, Alabama in 1974. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and a Masters of Fine Arts from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. From an early age, Clements manifested a desire to own, see, and experience the world in a way that no one else ever had. Photography provides him with the ideal outlet to do just that, exploring the uniqueness of his personal vision.
One of Clements’ goals as a photographer is to blur the distinction between film and digital photography, creating photographs that defy easy categorization. His work is also distinguished by a meticulous attention to detail and by what the artist dubs a “linguistically-based approach” (in contradistinction to a medium-based approach). He finds it difficult and unconstructive to articulate exactly why a given subject matter appeals to him, preferring to let the viewer experience what is being presented in the photograph on their own terms, without being told what to feel or how to react.
Clements has exhibited at numerous locations throughout the globe, some of which include: the Biggs Museum of American Art in Delaware; Galatea Fine Art in Massachusetts; Newspace Center for Photography in Oregon; The Cole Art Center in Texas; 688 Gallery in California; Still Point Art Gallery in Maine; PhotoPlace Gallery in Vermont; Robeson Gallery and the Phillips Mill Community Association in Pennsylvania; Morpho Gallery in Illinois; GalleryPrint in Wisconsin; Projekt30 in New York; and The Center of Fine Art Photography in Colorado. He currently lives in the mountains of New Hampshire with his wife Anitra and their two boys, K1 and K2, and teaches photography courses at the Academy of Art University. He also enjoys tacos.
(Part of this biography courtesy of Birgitta Bond of the James A. Michener Art Museum.)