Nigel Mason draws inspiration from his childhood in 1950s Yorkshire to paint
landscapes, beach scenes and figurative works.
considers his work to be a form of social realism, capturing incidents which
speak of human relationships and behaviour and setting them against a backdrop
of a mythical past to evoke memory and nostalgia.
range of artistic influences includes Rembrandt, Sickert, Vuillard, Degas and
the age of 13 Nigel taught himself to paint by drawing the things around him
and taking inspiration from the Old Masters. A regular visitor to Leeds Art Gallery,
when he was 20 his passion for art took him on a cross-country adventure hitchhiking
from Leeds to the Louvre in Paris to see a Picasso retrospective. With no
money, he lived on milk and oranges, slept rough at night and walked for miles
during the day – but, he says, it was all worth it.
also passionate about music and was a member of a Celtic rock band for over 20
years, touring England, France and Germany and playing at Glastonbury three
times. He is still a member of two bands today.
worked as a set designer and signmaker for Yorkshire TV; he created the sign
for Emmerdale’s Woolpack pub. He
attained a Fine Art degree from Plymouth University in his 50s and went on to
have a successful career teaching art at the North Devon College in Barnstaple,
before applying to Washington Green’s IN:SIGHT campaign last year.
Nigel says: “My
work is an exploration of human interactions, both with each other and with our
environment. I’d describe it as small narrative vignettes – like painting
versions of film stills – which capture intimate moments in time and
observations of life, from the mundane to the profound.”
Nigel lives in Ilfracombe, Devon.