Nigel Sharman studied Textile Design at the University of Brighton. Since leaving college in the late 80’s, Nigel has worked across several design fields both here in the UK and internationally in New York and Southern Africa. While his formal artistic education took place in Brighton he puts his real education down to, ”being dragged round the galleries of West Penwith in Cornwall as a small boy by my father and introduced to work by Alfred Wallis and Ben Nicholson.”
While currently living and working in London, Nigel’s roots are firmly in the South West of England, where the landscape and culture still influence his work. He uses oil paint on canvas, sometimes using board as well, with particular concern for colour and composition. Though Nigel paints semi-abstracts, there is a strong figurative read to his work. He abstracts from a source, such as a landscape, a harbour, boats, a still life, or a nude by removing some of the conventions of representation. Through placing objects carefully, Nigel hopes to create ”an awkward but calm relationship” between his subject and the viewer. The excitement for Nigel is seeing a painting come into being through applying layers of textured, quickly applied paint which is then worked into and seeing the image integrate itself into the canvas as a whole.