I make abstract acrylic paintings composed of colour and texture, and fine art photographs inspired by the natural world. The shapes and patterns of my compositions are influenced by my background in graphic design.

I’ve been a photographer in one guise or another for most of my life, my foray into painting is more recent. Photography for me has rarely just been about the literal image; a picture has to be part of a larger body of work which has a theme or concept. Painting allows me to step away from that need for meaning to be able to create artwork based more on the aesthetic; the colours and pattern, and on how these interact with each other. I enjoy the way that the final piece can turn out quite differently to how it was envisaged; those often unconscious decisions and pieces of luck along the way that can change the outcome.

I also enjoy collaborating with other artists on creative projects. Recent work has been exhibited at the ESPY Photographic Award, the Kickplate Project’s 2020 Valleys’ Exhibition and more locally, as part of the Outdoor Art Gallery with work shown using empty shop windows in Worcester city centre.

I have exhibited in numerous group exhibitions and show my work as part of Worcestershire Open Studios of which I am a founder member and organiser.

I work from a studio space at Yew Trees Artist Studios at Bevere Gallery on the outskirts of Worcester. My studio is open to the public along with a small shared gallery and visitors are always welcome.

richard nicholls artist and photographer
yew trees artist studios
inside yew trees artist studios
yew trees artist studios