Nicholas Stedman

Nicholas Stedman


About Nicholas Stedman

I have always been interested in moving subjects. In my landscape studies I like everything to be moving, water, foliage and sky. After learning to draw, the moving human body became my central theme firstly In the 1980s in my compositions of pedestrians in city architectures or punk musicians in urban spaces. Eureka moments occurred while watching divers dancing off the cliffs in Nice or viewing the Charles Atlas videos of Merce Cunningham dance pieces and from the 1990s I started directly working with dancers and circus artists attempting to capture the moving body and in particular falling figures in jeopardy. Here I show two aspects of my work with one recent series and an older series painted in the 2000s. The more recent "orbital" series depicts apparently freely moving divers or circus artists spinning or falling in an electric yellow or universal blue space or over the horizon between sea and sky. The figures are organised geometrically like hieroglyphs or randomly recombined to form complex compositions.
In the second earlier "Fragments" series, falling figures are painted on canvas on balsa wood fragments in order to break up the background in different ways: they are falling together from or into a broken universe of ordered or chaotic fragments exposing a new or empty space behind.
A wider view of my work than presented here can be seen on my two websites and To view click the above small atlas symbol


I was born in the UK in 1953. Although I painted all through my teens under the guidance of my school art teacher the Scottish artist Nell Todd and at Cambridge University where I exhibited at Kings College and Kettles Yard, I actually had a scientific education. After graduation I considered retraining as an artist at a UK art school but instead decided to cross the channel to France. Here I did a PhD and worked as a biochemist while learning to draw in the Paris municipal art school in the Place des Vosges. In 1981 I stopped all my scientific work and completed my artistic education with the inspiring instruction on artist’s materials from Nicolas Wacker at the École des Beaux arts and two years of regularly work under the critical eye of the lyrical abstract artist Zao-Wou Ki at the École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs. After spending a year in Rome I became a professional artist in 1982 and worked in Paris until 2004 when I moved to Sicily. I now live and work in Palermo


I have exhibited my work widely though mainly in Euope for the last 30 years. Since 1998 I have had 10 solo shows mainly in Paris including "Le Corps en Danger" two shows at the Galerie le Monde de l'Art, Paris, France, "Body Language" at the Espace Croix Baragnon, Toulouse France, "Histoires de Corps" at the Galerie Jacob 1. Paris, ‘Upside down’ Galerie Art et Littérature, Paris and also in Italie "Storyboard" Spazioarte Pisanello, Verona, Italy. I have also participated in numerous group shows including the Salon de Montrouge, Génie de la bastille at the Opera Bastille, ‘Quadruplex’ Espace Beaurepaire, Paris 2002 Concours du portait Paul-Louis Weiler Academie des Beaux-Arts de Pari etc. My work features in several public collections including those of the Asia University Museum of Modern Art, Air France Industries, Mairie de Vitry Chatillon and has also been chosen for several book covers including this year The Art of Falling by Kim Moore and a Cambridge University Press Textbook .


Next show: 4 works at the Galerie Sonia Monti, 75008 Paris from 01 February 2021. Recent exhibitions
Group exhibition at the Asia Museum of Modern Art, Taiwan (ended February 2017)
Just finished: Solo Show "Condizione di quiete" at Spazio Espositivo di Francesco Siracusa, Via Papa Luciani, 52 Agrigento, Italy