I am a painter based in the UK. I studied Art and Graphic Design in Oxford, London and Cheltenham, then moved to Wiltshire after graduating in 1979. Since then I’ve been working as a painter and have exhibited widely, throughout the UK, mainland Europe, and the USA. My paintings are in many public and private collections. For the past 20 years, much of my work has been based on the landscape within walking distance of my studio at Bull Mill Arts on the banks of the River Wylye, South Wiltshire.
Below: ‘Reimea’. Acrylic on canvas 138 x 59cm. To see more examples of my paintings, please visit my website at www.nickandrew.co.uk
In 2015, I made weekly drawings at the lake and gardens of National Trust Stourhead Wiltshire, for my ‘stourhead / fifty-two / twelve / four’ project, exploring some of the more hidden and secret parts of this popular location throughout all the months and seasons of the year, led to an exhibition at First View Gallery, Stourhead in April 2016.
Above: ‘October, Stourhead’. Acrylic on canvas 77 x 51cm.
Since January 2016, I’ve been working on my ‘sticks in the smoke’ project, the subject of this blog: drawing and researching London green spaces every week. This is an ongoing project which will continue until I’ve visited all the public parks and gardens in London I’m producing studies and paintings based on these sketches, which will lead to an exhibition next year in London (sadly, the original planned exhibition at the Curwen Gallery, London in April 2017 was cancelled as Curwen Gallery has had to close unexpectedly.)
Nick also work as an art tutor and lecturer, running courses and workshops throughout the south- west. In 2001 I established the Wylye Valley Art Trail, a biennial open studios event in South Wiltshire, which I co-ordinated until 2013.