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.
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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In the true spirit of the north, we'll be getting ready for Christmas with some pints and pies, along with an exclusive selection of Nigel's spectacular original paintings! He's been busy experimenting with aerial perspective, which has introduced more blue to his typically warm colour palette. Each touching tableau depicts a nostalgic northern scene, with themes including work, love and play.
Nigel Mason's new collection, Echoes of the North, experiments with aerial perspective, which has introduced more blue to his typically warm colour palette. Each touching tableau depicts a nostalgic northern scene, with themes including work, love and play.
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