We are very pleased to announce that Nigel Kingsbury has been chosen by Vivienne Roberts, curator of the Julian Hartnoll Gallery, to have a solo show at the Gallery in Duke Street, London from 17 – 22 November 2014. Vivienne selected Nigel from the seven Outside In artists who are taking part in 'The Inner Self: Drawings from the Subconscious' at CGP London until 21 September.
Nigel has been a member of Action Space; a London based visual arts organisation supporting the development of artists with learning disabilities, for nearly 10 years. He has exhibited widely as part of the group and has been selected for Studio Voltaire's prestigious Members Show on three occasions.
Nigel's unique style of mark making produces fine, delicate portraits of women as mystical goddesses attired in glamorous ball gowns, decadent outfits and floating dresses. The artist's talent has always been appreciated and support by his family, particularly his father, an inventor, who created a studio space with a customised drawing board for him at home.
Drawing virtually every day, Nigel has produced images of women since his 20s. During his time spent in hospital, he was inspired by the nurses, and when at home, he would sources images by recording TV programmes and freeze-framing selected women to sketch.
This fascination with the female form inspires Nigel to create drawings with a frequently mysterious and eerie quality, although his idolisation of the figure in such a rare and carefully observed manner is far removed from contemporary issues of gender stereotyping.
Image: Nigel Kingsbury, Jennifer