For every single year of his life artist Nicholas Lees has returned to the same coastal location in Scotland. Initially uncertain of the influence of this astoundingly beautiful place on his work, Nicholas, has recently come to realise that there is a profound connection to do with repetition & change. He believes that to continually experience the same place and to achieve deep knowledge of it, is to see that it always changes and is never perceived as the same despite the deep sense of familiarity and continuity. The light never exactly replicates but is constantly shifting. This is particularly apparent when viewing Nicholas’ work, new structures within the existing shapes appear to emerge as the movement of light goes across the forms and yet the sculpture itself has remained unchanged.
To read more about Nicholas’ work, his background, awards and previous shows see here
Nicholas’ work, represented by Cavaliero Finn, has been exhibited widely in the UK and overseas and is held in private and public collections including York City Art Gallery, York, Keramikmuseum Westerwald, Höhr-Grenzhausen, Germany, Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche, Faenza, Italy, and the Auckland Museum, Auckland, New Zealand.
He has won several awards including the Cersaie Prize at the Premio Faenza (Italy) in 2015, the National Sculpture Award at the Bluecoat Display Centre in Liverpool in 2010 and the Desmond Preston Prize for Excellence in Drawing at the RCA in 2012
He works as a visiting lecturer on postgraduate courses at the RCA, UCA Farnham and Bath Spa University.
See Nicholas making one of his floating bowl series here
My work is about perception: its potential ephemerality and uncertainty. Our visual experience of reality is conditional upon light, space and body. This body of work originates in an attempt to manifest qualities of shadows as representations of the hinterland between two and three dimensions and between presence and absence, so making a material penumbra. These ideas are also informed by a lifetime of looking at the same stretch of Scottish coastline, bringing the realisation that the constant shift of tide, weather and light mean the experience of perception is forever transient.
Parian, soluble cobalt and soluble iron.
H13 x Ø13cm
Parian, grey Parian, bone china, black porcelain, painted fibreboard
H 40 x W 85 x D 20cm
Parian, painted fibreboard
H26 x W30 x D15cm