Explaining vignettes with Nigel Mason

Inspired by his childhood in 1950s Yorkshire, Nigel’s touching oil paintings depict scenes which rekindle the memories of all those who view them. “I’d describe it as small narrative vignettes,” he says. “They’re like painting versions of film stills that capture intimate moments in time and observations of life, from the mundane to the profound.”

But what exactly is a vignette? Read on to find out!

NMA sketching

About vignettes

In literature – including screenplays, poetry and novels – a vignette is a brief, impressionistic scene which gives an intimate insight into a setting or character. Meaning is derived through imagery rather than plot development. By describing his work as vignettes, Nigel perfectly encapsulates the fleeting moments he captures. Each snapshot of real life is as touching as it is beautiful.

SHOP ALL NIGEL MASON

Featured Artist

From the blog

Echoes of the North with Nigel Mason

09/12/2018

The Yorkshire-born painter’s touching collection of original artworks sees him experiment with aerial perspective, adding a cool tone that’s perfect for winter.

Not just a pretty face: exploring portraits

05/06/2019

Dating back to at least ancient Egypt, portraiture is still one of the world’s most popular genres. Join us as we explore a world before selfies.

What is a giclée?

16/04/2019

It may sound fancy, but this term simply refers to a popular printing technique used by painters, photographers and illustrators. Click to find out more.

Thank you for signing up to our newsletter.

Be Inspired

Join our mailing list for all the latest art news, lifestyle features & artist updates. We'll help kick-start your collection with £25 off your first purchase.*
*Terms and conditions apply.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Please complete this field
Please complete this field
Please complete this field
Please complete this field
Please accept our terms and conditions

© Copyright Washington Green Retail Limited trading as Castle Fine Art. First published 2012, last updated 2021. Washington Green Retail Limited acts as a credit broker and offers credit products from Secure Trust Bank PLC trading as V12 Retail Finance.

Washington Green Retail Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Our registration number is 726395. Credit provided subject to age and status. Terms & Conditions Privacy Cookies V12 Finance