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Nigel Mason

Born: Wakefield, West Yorkshire
Lives and works: Ilfracombe, Devon
Education: University of Plymouth
“My work depicts moments in time. Incidents, usually, between people that speak of human behaviour and relationships.”

Nigel’s art is inspired by his childhood in 1950s Yorkshire. His touching oil paintings were a talking point at our Summer Exhibition in 2015, where he appeared as an IN:SIGHT finalist.

Inspiration

From the age of 13, he taught himself to paint by studying the Old Masters and drawing what was around him. At the age of 20, he hitch-hiked from Leeds to Paris to see a Picasso exhibition at the Louvre. With no money, he lived on milk and oranges and slept rough at nights, but he says it was all worth it!

The painter – who attained a fine art degree in his 50s – depicts a variety of nostalgic tableaus, beach scenes and figurative works. His influences include Walter Sickert, Édouard Vuillard and James Whistler, with Nigel considering his work a form of social realism.

Nigel says: “I’d describe it as small narrative vignettes – or painting versions of film stills – which capture intimate moments in time and observations of life, from the mundane to the profound.”

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Fine Art Collector | Spring 2017

In this season's issue, you can read an exclusive interview with one of Vogue's most influential interior designers, Anouska Lancaster, pay a visit to Alex Echo in his studio and explore magical Icelandic landscapes with Richard Rowan.

Fine Art Collector | Spring 2016

The latest issue takes an in-depth look at the new collections from Raphael Mazzucco and Keith Maiden, plus we introduce new artists Nigel Mason and Elaine Mather.

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