Nigel Bird

Nigel Bird

Maureilhan, Herault, France

About Nigel Bird

I am a British Artist based in Southern France, I studied Sculpture and Printmaking at Loughborough College of Art and Design. .

Much of my work originates from landscape and the natural environment - the nature and character of a place and its spiritual significance - as well as from the process of making which is informed by the subject. I am particularly interested in questions of scale, space and geological features and I often return to places after periods of time to see whether the weather has affected the appearance of surfaces. I also use the sounds of the natural environment to influence drawings, such as the sound of a flock of birds, the rain or the wind, as well as the geometric systems for dividing land, particularly for vine growing, near where I live in France. Rather than colours, I rely on the innate tones 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. I really wish that my work could be as big as the open air.
The nature of the stimulus informs the method of making.
Basically, my work is really all about the making. That is not enough for lots, they want to see the meaning of life, Marilyn Munroe even!

Education

Loughborough College of Art and Design. 1976 to 1979 Sculpture and Printmaking.
Leicester Polytechnic. PGCE Art and Design Education. 1982

Exhibitions

2018
- London Art Fair, Islington, Drawings (the Drawing Works) curated by Davina Thackara
2017
- Patriot Hall Gallery, Edinburgh, Faultlines, Drawings (the Drawing Works) curated by Davina Thackara
2016
- Camden Image Gallery (The Drawing Works - curated by Davina Thackara), London - Drawings
- Arthouse 1 (Grit - Group Exhibition - curated by Jane Boyer), Bermondsey, London - Drawings
- The Art Movement, Battersea, London - Drawings
2015
- Private sales to collectors in USA and Hong Kong
- Private sales to collectors in Greece and Switzerland
- L`Ancienne Forge, Siran, France - Drawings
2014
- Le Coin d’Art. Olonzac, France - Drawings
2013
- London Art Fair, Business Design Centre, Islington, London - Drawings
- Works on Paper, Science Museum, London - Drawings
2012
- London Art Fair, Business Design Centre, Islington, London - Drawings
- Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London - Drawings
- Olympics Exhibition, The Avenue, London
2011
Drawings commissioned for Corinthia Hotel, London
2010
- Work commissioned by Private Collector in France
2009
- Millfield Summer Exhibition - Drawings
2008
- Somerset Art Weeks
- Whitestaunton Manor, Collection of Stuart Moore (StuartMoore.com)
- Millfield Summer Exhibition - Drawings
2007
- The Gallery at Hooked on Books, Chard – Drawings
- The Depot, Leicester - Drawings
- Millfield Summer Exhibition - Sculpture
- Town Mill Gallery, Lyme Regis – Drawings
2006
- Honiton Arts, Honiton, Devon - Sculpture
- Millfield Summer Exhibition, Street - Drawings
2005
- Millfield Summer Exhibition, Street - Drawings
2004
- The Gallery at Hooked on Books, Chard Art - Drawings
2003
- The Meeting House Gallery, Ilminster – Drawings
- Millfield Summer Exhibition, Street - Drawings
2002
- Town Mill Gallery, Lyme Regis- Drawings
2001
- The Meeting House Gallery, Ilminster – Drawings
1999
- Taunton Brewhouse Theatre and Arts Centre – Drawings
1998
- Millfield Summer Exhibition, Street – Drawings
1996
- “Sightlines” Honiton Festival, Honiton - Drawings