NOVEL LoSo Artist Spotlight

At NOVEL LoSo Station, we’re giving South End something to talk about. As the front porch of lower South End, we’re channeling the surrounding social energy of Charlotte’s hippest neighborhood into our unique amenities, from our art-fueled exterior to the ice breaker bar. Every detail is designed to create an open community of happier, inspired and more connected people. There are no strangers here, only friends you haven’t made yet. Come play off line on the line and out of line.

Artist

Nico Malo

Nico is a native of Bogotá, Colombia, who has lived and worked in the Southeast since immigrating to the United States in 1996. A product of a large, close-knit family, Nico grew up surrounded by artists, learning carpentry, photography, interior design, and painting along the way.

“My art is rooted in the experience of becoming an immigrant - something I didn't want to imagine at age 17 when Bogotá was all I knew. Being forever between two cultures has shaped my views and molded the themes of my pieces.”

Q. WHAT INSPIRED YOU ABOUT THE LOSO LOCATION?

A. The space and observing those on the go moving through the locale or enjoying the café area. I try to put the ambience of the space into the mural.

Q. WHAT DO YOU WANT PEOPLE TO TAKE AWAY FROM YOUR WORK AT LOSO?

A. A sense of welcoming as they pass through that corridor. A moment of “I’m home” upon seeing it or for visitors to feel it as inviting.

Artist

Drew Merritt

Born on the outskirts of Clovis, New Mexico, Merritt lived and worked on a farm, fostering a deep emotional connection to nature and began his work as an artist. Drew Merritt aspires to earn the title of artist, and he works hard to convey a broad spectrum of feelings.

“My style is minimal subjective expressionism; the subject of the expressionism lends itself to a traditional oil painting visual aesthetic. My work should feel timeless and should always conjure conversation.”

Q. WHAT INSPIRED YOU ABOUT THE LOSO LOCATION?

A. I’ve always loved Charlotte and have always wanted to paint a mural here, so I got really lucky to work in such a cool part of town with so much to do around the area and so much culture to draw from. I really enjoyed the people I interacted with as well — Southern hospitality is real!

Q. WHAT DO YOU WANT PEOPLE TO TAKE AWAY FROM YOUR WORK AT LOSO?

A. I really hope it just brightens some peoples’ days and they enjoy my work.

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