Nicholas exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer exhibition last year. His paintings explore the habitual nature of the everyday. He predominately paints from memory and attempts to create a sense of escapism in his work.
"I’m interested in how we process and view the world, the systems and rituals that we undergo in our daily lives, the relationships we forge and the attitudes we develop. My work is fuelled by modern-day anxiety and the yearning for spiritual freedom which, in our age of electronic chaos, can be hard to achieve.
"Drawing is the basis of my practice. Fleeting thoughts, probing ideas and elusive reflections are rendered concrete on paper which in turn is the generator for further exploration through paint or printmaking.
"My drawings are never directly translated onto canvas but remain active as fragments of collateral which ultimately combine to inform the fleshiness and substance of new works. Further working from memory blurs reality still further and, during the experience of making, forms shift as the materiality and elusive qualities of paint eventually merge and a final image starts to reveal itself."
- Nicholas Peall