Nick is an artist and teacher living and working in Northern England. He graduated from Canterbury College of Art (now part of UCA) in 1982 with a degree in Fine Art. He completed Post Graduate studies at Brighton Polytechnic in 1983 with a PGCE. From 1983 – 1988 Nick worked as a freelance sculptor and artist, based in Bristol. During this time he worked as a community artist in North Bristol, completing a series of community projects in Eastville, Southmead, St Pauls and Abbot’s Leigh. He worked as an artist and teacher in secondary schools in Bristol and North Yorkshire from 1987 until 2020, in a number of posts of responsibility, including Head of Art and Faculty Leader of Creative Arts and Technology.
Nick, although primarily a sculptor; paints, draws and takes photographs. His current work documents places and journeys he has taken, particularly in the North of England. He looks at details of landscape as well as the great views, and uses a range of mixed media, creating history of the process in the surface of each work. Collage builds up the foundation (or underpainting) of each work, developing texture and colour, and then paint develops form, space and atmosphere. The works also explore the relationship between the viewer and the place, creating an emotional, personal and individual reaction with each on-looker.
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The images below give a taste of inspirations and thoughts across the last 30 years, as well as a sense of place inspired by journeys undertaken and places explored. Inspiration for me, at the moment comes from being in the landscape, but it can be from anything and any source.