Types of Art you will see (The Oak Bistro 2019)
Just works from the ship group unable to fit at my COS location.
Also a key street picture they have used on a special bottle of red or white!
Nicholas has sourced quality artisan products and that selection provides the opportunity for future sponsorship to carry into planned exhibitions here and abroad.
Leading into the finished product of oil on linen, are many sketches including water-colours, notated drawings and charcoal. There are also notations in the margins of many of the books read.
Looking for partnerships, Nicholas selected specific artist material brands chosen for their quality. Oil paint suppliers exclusively: Jackson’s, London; Vasari, New York; and Old Holland, Netherlands. Painted on Winsor & Newton 100% linen 13oz and Russell & Chapple’s Belgium linen 14oz. Non-framed, edge-finished with Farrow & Ball “Mouse’s Back” colour. Charcoal drawings framed in either a deep chocolate or sandy thin-frame finish supplied by local framer.
With the liaison of sponsors’ Language Testing 123, Russell Whitehead has convened meetings arranged to encourage links which could aid the artist in better managing his research into this type of Arctic exploration. List supplied upon request. http://www.languagetesting123.co/
Artist Statement for reasons why this new body of work:
Nicholas Juett writes: In these particular paintings, interpreting factual information in a visual format could have led to some rather dry illustrations without movement, felt emotion or passion: dry ‘reporting’ rather than good fiction. I have always been seeking the opposite and my unusual handling of colour and dynamic brushwork, as well as variety across the surface of the canvas, aims to achieve a more contemporary language for painting that is heartfelt. Finding ways to pastiche another artist without copying has also been a feature of my work, developed when living, training and painting in the USA. Happily, this exploration of my namesake’s journal brings back these qualities which some members of the public may have seen in the Williams Art ‘21’ exhibition where some interesting canvases were exhibited dating from the early 1990’s.
Artist’s Who Do You Think You Are:
Ships, shores, colonisation, mutiny and the beginning of New York: a substantial group of paintings based around the c17th voyages of discovery to Northern America.
Robert Juett, a seasoned sailor, lived in Limehouse with his wife and daughter, who later emigrated to Virginia. Robert died off the coast of Ireland on the fateful return journey aged thirty-two. His life was formed by a particularly fascinating part of history that has resonance today.
Waves of Discovery, Part I (King's College 2016)
“Ships are often the subject for conventional treatment in art, but in disregarding tradition, Nicholas’ work shows us the humdrum paraphernalia of shipboard life: we see huge cheeses left carelessly lying among tools and rope work; we are shown an icy outer world through the exploded side of the ship; and in an echo of the bizarre sight the ship must have presented to the native Americans on the coast of Nova Scotia and to the Inuit in Newfoundland, we also see strangely proportioned barques sailing down the River Cam.
Nick plans to pursue further ways of conveying the Arctic experience, exploring the region without leaving the artist’s studio. His creative response helps give a picture of early seafaring through his research in books, the Internet and gathering information from maritime museums on trips to Amsterdam, London and Lisbon. Reading historical references of the time (not just in pictures) and learning about later expeditions archived at the Polar Institute, has a part to play in a more modern visual response to the early 17th century in this show at King’s Art Rooms.” Nigel Meager, Art Teacher, King’s College.
Waves of Discovery, Part II (C.O.S. 2017)
Shared newer work post King's College.
Towards The Mayflower, Part III (Clare Hall, 2020)
Over and done 2019 into 2020 solo show at Clare Hall, Cambridge Uni.
July Open Studios
Payment plan totally acceptable on larger work if you can give me a deposit for your purchase: then typically monthly payments one month at a time. Art to be delivered.
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The expedition of 1609 took the Dutch vessel The Halve Maen to what is now known as the Hudson River, and Robert Juet of Limehouse, London, describes his journey in a journal all the way to Albany (a place I once painted during a residency Up-State-New-York; the painting titled ‘Lamb White Days’ of 1993 captures blizzard snow forest and my family history prior to Internet possibilities).
Robert Juet’s account as a seasoned sailor with Captain Henry Hudson gave me the drive to explore deeper into those times. I found out about early exploration at the Scott Polar Research Institute as well as ‘internet trawling’. I joined societies and attended specialist lectures. Additional research and a lot of reading finally led to a visit at the Amsterdam Maritime Museum; then Lisbon with many more still to go.
The expedition of 1609 took the vessel The Half-Moon with a mixed crew (English & Dutch) to what is now known as the Hudson River, and Robert Juett as Mate describes their journey all the way to Albany. The later and fateful 1611 voyage on The Discovery stranded sailors for a year in the southern part of Hudson Bay causing a mutiny. There is no log. Hudson's discoveries laid the groundwork for Dutch colonisation of the Hudson River region, as well as English land claims in Canada. I am conscious of the Inuit and their narrative, me to paint once I have achieved my ambition to be invited as a dyslexic artist to the Artic (sp).
Interestingly, haven joined societies for lectures linked to Ernest Shackleton the same skills of survival (well-documented) they equally apply to past explorers and that way extends my appreciation of Arctic sailing. In some way this knowledge filters into Art.
F.Y.I - EXHIBITIONS CREDENTIALS / PAST HAPPENINGS
solo Clare Hall, Cambridge Uni (2019-20); group Clare Hall, Cambridge Uni (2017); solo King’s College, Cambridge Uni (2016); Marshall’s International Airport, Cambridge (2015); Picasso Gallery, Washington DC (2011); Meller Merceux Gallery, Oxford (2011); Williams Art, Cambridge (2011); Reok Museum of Contemporary Art, Szeged, Hungary (2010); ADC Theatre, “Portrait of Dorian Gray in NYC” Cambridge (2010); i2Gallery, Saffron Walden (2009); Primavera, Cambridge (2008); Wysing Arts Centre, Bourn (2008); Broughton House Gallery, Cambridge (2007); & Royal Automobile Club, London (2006); Byard Art, Cambridge (2005); Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge (2004); Salon des Arts, London (2004); Royal Opera House, London (2003); Ace Gallery, New York (2002); Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art, Rijeka, Croatia (2001); Miroslav Kraljevic Gallery, Zagreb, Croatia (2000); Alternative Museum, New York (1998); Lyons Wier Gallery, Chicago (1993); Painting Center, New York (1993); Ace Gallery, Los Angeles (1990); New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham (1987); “Façade” Carlyle Sq, Chelsea, London (1986); London Rd. Art Gallery, Reading Uni (1985); The Great Hall & “Facade Performance” Reading Uni (1985); “The 4Arts Group” Caius College Gallery, Cambridge Uni (1982); Peterhouse, Cambridge Uni (1981); Cambridge College of Arts & Technology (1980):- now Anglia Ruskin Uni. & The Cambridge School of Art.
F.Y.I - PAST RESIDENCIES
2010 XVII. International Art Camp, Cserszegtomaj, Balaton, Hungary / Invited Guest Artist; created art along with artists all Eastern-Block;
2002-10 Wysing Arts Centre, Bourn, Cambridgeshire, Great Britain / Onsite Studio Artist; private studio to be one’s self and loud music
1993-4 Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation, New York, New York State, USA / The Space Program; loft space living as a painter with painters
1992 St. Edna Vincent Millay Colony for the Arts Austerlitz, New York State / Juried Residency; one month sleep and fed free in deep winter snow
1986 Cyprus College of Art, Lemba, Paphos, Cyprus / Summer Program; three month in heat sharing with other Brit artists
1985 Clay Studios & Print Workshops, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK / Studio Artist; next door to the police station weird space to work
F.Y.I - AWARDS of RESPECT
2019 Milton Road Library / Friends Of, Cambridge / Commission for epic scale painting tribute to past and new facility for the public
2016 Anglia Ruskin University / Alumni, Cambridge & Chelmsford / Contribution to Culture Award nominee & shortlist prize winner
2015 Local Government of the City of Szeged & Hammido Art School, Szeged / Youth Festival Twin Cities Teacher Award for primary school project
2010 Cambridge Szeged Society & Reök Museum, Cambridge / Szeged / Travel & Costs Award as twin city recipient and exhibitor
2008 Addenbrooke’s Hospital, ATC Atrium, Cambridge / Exhibit Loan long-term; and pictures Purchase Grant
2008 Szeged Bridge Fair, Guest Artist of the Cambridge Szeged Society Delegation / Travel Award to Hungary
2005 Byard Art, Cambridge / Awarded Second Prize, cash-prize and pending solo exhibit
2003 Royal Opera House, Nominated by Isobel Johnstone, Senior Curator, Arts Counci / Awarded a commission for public access Art Project; supported by Searcy’s
2002 East England Arts & Cambridgeshire District Council, Cambridge / Exhibit Grant at Wysing Arts Centre for solo show of USA past pictures
1995 Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, Brooklyn / Arts & Humanities Grant, cash-prize
1994 Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation, New York / One Year Artist in Residence / Tribeca; free huge loft-studio
1993 John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation & Illinois Arts Council, Chicago / Exhibit Grant; for non for profit exhibit space and two person exhibition
1992 St. Edna Vincent Millay Colony for the Arts, Austerlitz / Artist in Residence; month free studio including accommodation and cooking
1992 School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago / Awarded ‘Faculty Position’ BA summer school; prestigious as a ‘real’ contract
1992 Union League Civic & Arts Foundation, Chicago / Visual Arts Scholarship (Double Honours); juror’s took one from another for me
1988 School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago / Traveling Fellowship (Hon. Mention); allowed me to travel to Los Angeles
1987 Rotary Foundation, Evanston (USA), Reading/Cambridge Rotary Club (UK) / Rotary Fellowship (Ed Harris Fellow Scholar); all paid tuition and living
1986 Carlyle Square, Chelsea, London / attended by H.R.H. Princess Alexandra / Façade Gala (my painting echoes of artist John Piper & composer Sir William Walton)
1985 Council & Senate for Arts Funding, University of Reading / Exhibit Grant for Façade; advertised by BBC radio with interview
1982-4 National Student’s Union Funding, University of Reading / Grant for The 4Arts Group founded by myself with 600 members (at £1)
FINI the TRUTH
I am a different artist who speaks his mind. “If a picture can be removed in the World would you miss it? If you don’t then it is a generic image of less reputation more repetition, and of shear boredom to me, you’re welcome to enjoy but it isn’t Art – is it. “