Born in 1980, English artist Nicholas Denney no longer lives in the shadows, but he remembers them well and tries to extract things from them.
Although my style is often realistic, I aim to make images that are subversive or initially surprising. I may take archetypal imagery out of context or genre, hybridise fragmented elements or simply remove any concept of background space.
Since 2019 I have been experimenting with a contemporary and unique take on Surrealism, informed in part by spiritual and esoteric practice in combination with automatic drawing and doodling.
Thematically, my work is broadly symbolic and ambiguous, which I feel provokes imagination and conversation. I am exploring ways of making paintings that are strikingly simple in design yet potentially laden with meaning.
A deep connection to nature has led me to become spiritually inquisitive. My aim is to create visually exciting and unique paintings that explore philosophical or spiritual concerns, leaving interpretation largely up to the viewer.
I love the idea of including a puzzling sense of mystery.
Pattern is often an integral design element in my pictures, suggesting ways that my style may develop over time.
In 2013 I was resident artist at Anteros Arts foundation, Norwich. This made me free up enough time to fully use the opportunity to develop every aspect of my work. The studio space was a window where my work was constantly on show, visitors could come in and chat to me.
I have begun to branch out into collaborative mixed media pieces, a sideline that I hope will begin to link up my holistic and progressive philosophical ideas.