Rain is new series of work by emerging artist Nov Cheanick. In this series, Nov, uses rain as a metaphor for sorrow and trauma that has led to apathy and lethargy. Nov says that this is especially apparent in the countryside where famers and other laborers have limited activity during the rainy season, and in quiet resignation, do nothing. In the highly textured paintings, figures are seen sitting, waiting, partly revealed under the paint splatter of rain while in others the landscape is drenched into obscurity. On smaller canvases there is the suggestion of clarity with the portrait of a mysterious man emerging from a dark background or disappearing into a lighter one. Nov says “I don’t want to read anymore books of suffering that people have wrote. Write a new page of happiness; find peace in the dirty place with a dirty life.” In this poetic, introspective work, he calls for action—not the storm-the streets kind of action, but the kind of action that transforms the spirit.