Sometimes nicknamed "The Color Man" because of his love of bright colors, Nick Morse has been on an unusual journey. He is said to be on the "autistic spectrum," a wide, cryptic world where some youths are silent in their early years, then speak later on. Or, in Nick's case, the other way around. He talked early by making bubbly pronouncements on everything from rock 'n' roll to movies, but went silent in his mid-20s. No one knows exactly what happened -- many specialists have been equally baffled -- but along the way he started expressing himself more and more in his painting. That is his gift and lucky for us he has been willing to share it. There is an innocence that best describes his art. He knows about vibrant colors, but doesn't know about politics, wars, racism or other indignities that slow the rest of us down. Nick's art is positive, indeed utopian.
Nick has since exhibited at Cafe ZuZu and Club Passim in Cambridge (he had a four-month run at Passim), Precinct in Somerville (now called Brass Union), the Artlifting.com gallery in South Boston, the Boston Public Market, The Tufts Medical Center (for the non-profit Music Cures), and annually each May at the Cambridge Open Studios. Nick has exhibited the last five years for them at the former Ice Cream Lofts at 93 Harvey Street, where his dad has sold his paintings as well as t-shirts and notebooks with Nick's designs on them.