Approved: 02.09.2006

Nigel Swift

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Approved: 02.09.2006

My work is mostly landscape based, from looking and working in situ or from memories and drawings completed in my studio. I paint in oil on boards no larger than twenty inches by twenty, sometimes repainting and redrawing over many months allowing different images to come and go often returning to the original structure and drawing.
Ultimately I am trying to paint more than the obvious and strip

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  • Location: London
 

Biography

My work is mostly landscape based, from looking and working in situ or from memories and drawings completed in my studio. I paint in oil on boards no larger than twenty inches by twenty, sometimes repainting and redrawing over many months allowing different images to come and go often returning to the original structure and drawing. Ultimately I am trying to paint more than the obvious and strip the content to its bare bones, often this results in the destruction of the painting until the next session. Along with painting I use printmaking especially drypoint, etching and monotype as these are all very direct methods of catching shapes, moods and atmosphere. Again I often work in locations and return to the studio to simplify the images. These are also quite small, three or four inches up to twelve inches at the most. In both my painting and printmaking drawing is the structure upon which everything else hangs. Keeping the images small, for me, increases the intensity.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training 2012 - BA History of Art., Birkbeck University, London 1985 - Postgraduate Printmaking, Central School of Art, London 1981 - BA Honours, Slade School of Fine Art, University College London Solo exhibitions 2010 - Pastels and Prints, Ropewalk Contemporary Art and Craft, Barton upon Humber, Lincolnshire. Group exhibitions 2008 - Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London 2008 - Lincolnshire Open, Ropewalk Gallery, Lincolnshire 2008 - The Sunday Times Watercolour Exhibition, Bankside gallery, London 2006 - National Print Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London 2005 - Love for Sale, Bankside Gallery, London Competitions, prizes and awards 2008 - Lincolnshire Open Intaglio Print Prize., Ropewalk Gallery., Barton, Linconshire.