Nigel Mason

Wakefield-born Nigel Mason draws inspiration from his childhood in 1950s Yorkshire to paint landscapes, beach scenes and figurative works.  

He 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.  

His wide range of artistic influences includes Rembrandt, Sickert, Vuillard, Degas and Whistler.  

From 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.  

Nigel is 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.  

Nigel 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. 

Born in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, Nigel Mason is currently living in Ilfracombe, Devon.

“My work depicts moments in time. Incidents, usually, between people that speak of human behaviour and relationships.”