Nigel Bird

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Drawing is of vital importance to the development of Nigel Bird's artwork. Most of his work originates from elements of the landscape and the natural environment. The nature of the stimulus informs the method of making. Nigel makes studies of what objects and places look like and is particularly interested in recording aspects to do with scale, space, and geological features. He studied sculpture and printmaking at Loughborough College of Art and Design and is based in southern France. He taught fine art for many years in the South West of England where he also held several solo exhibitions, including at the Brewhouse Theatre and Arts Centre, Taunton (1999), Town Mill Gallery, Lyme Regis (2007), and Chard Art, Somerset.

"Much of my work originates from landscape – the nature and character of a place and its spiritual significance – as well as from the process of making. Rather than colours, I rely on the innate colour of black pastel, charcoal and Indian ink, all of which can create debris that I sometimes integrate into the composition of the image and contributes to its meaning. My work is often large in scale and reflects the physical exertion of mark-making."