Nigel is fascinated with a female figure and form. Sometimes he draws from memory, other times Nigel will draw someone who is in the same room as him, especially if it is someone new. He tends to draw women he likes. Nigel has developed a set approach to his work: he always starts with drawing the hair first and sets the structure for the head. Sometimes the hair is very tight, ordered and neat, other times it is wild and free. Once Nigel is satisfied with the shape of the hair, he will draw in the details of the face, focusing on the eyes and mouth. Nigel will then loosen his drawing style to concentrate on the body by layering carefully sketched fine lines to build the drawing. Often he will draw the figure naked first and then add clothes. He sketches his women in glamorous ball gowns, decadent 1920s outfits and floating dresses with a heaving bosom. Nigel’s drawings frequently have a mysterious and eerie quality that transcends time and idolizes female form in a rare and carefully observed manner removed from contemporary gender stereotyping. Nigel is a resident artist at our South London studio.
“Over the last few years Pallant House Gallery has started to collect works by Outsider and Marginalised artists, to reflect this important aspect of the Gallery’s activities, and imbed these works into our collections of Modern British, international and contemporary art. When considering a possible acquisition from the Outside In exhibition, we were drawn to the drawing ‘Woman’ by Nigel Kingsbury because we felt that it was a very powerful drawing that could easily hold its own alongside works by celebrated modern artists in the collection. It is a fine example of delicate draftsmanship, but also a compelling work that speaks of nuanced attitudes to women, and has a mystical quality that we felt could be used in a variety of different thematic displays. When discussing this with the expert on Outsider Art and Surrealism, Roger Cardinal, he also concurred that this would be a significant work to acquire for our collection.”
Simon Martin –Head of Collections and Exhibitions at Pallant House Gallery
Nigel Kingsbury is a studio artist at ActionSpace www.actionspace.org