This exhibition ran at the Millinery Works 20th October 2015 - 15th November 2015: if you would like any more information on the art or on the artist please contact us.
The paintings featured in this exhibition work in a dialogue with the Cityscapes of the UK, many taking London - where Nicholas has lived for most of his adult life - as their prime focus. As can be seen, the paintings are apt in responding to architecture, with a particular regard to how it negotiates the space, and the people within it. Nicholas captures something of the bustling, lively nature of the city, pausing its movement, but allowing the background noise and chatter to whirr along in the viewers head; the shapes of city-goers mirror the scores of windows, roof tops and chimney stacks, that sometimes appear to replace the sky. Far from being claustrophobic, the paintings depict a space made up of architecture, lampposts and structures that remain solid in their positions, while the inhabitants appear set in continuous transit.
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"It is important for me [...] to record LIVE what happens, as it happens. This process is necessary and I feel the end result has more integrity, energy, fluidity and humanity." - Nicholas Borden, 2015
Nicholas completed his degree in Graphic Design at Central St Martin's Art Collage, before working as a freelance illustrator for several years. He then went on to receive a Masters Degree and the Royal College of Art, and continues to show widely around UK.
Nicholas Borden exhibits a breezy fresh approach to painting; here in his work we see a love of buildings, an appreciation of the theatre of the street, life is omnipresent and spills out of the canvas. I particularly admire his sense of colour and accuracy of the architectural built form, something many artists tend to blur instead focusing on the figurative aspects.
We see observations, as in LS Lowry, but with colour, humour, flow and life. There is a real sense of the enjoyment of the city of London. I am reminded of other great townscape painters’ work: in this show there are touches of Anthony Eyton, Galien LaLoue, Joseph Crabtree, Genin Lucien to name a few. From his earlier shows there is a significant development of this artist’s work in this, his first major exhibition.
by Chris Dyson, Architect
Pettycoat Lane, oil on canvas, 51 x 76cm
Opposite Liverpool Street, oil on canvas, 40 x 40cm
Barbican Tube, oil on canvas
Kings Cross, oil on canvas, 41 x 51cm