nick snelling

nickAfter moving from London in 1993, I rented a studio looking onto the sea and it became the subject matter of my work. This enabled me to combine my love of swimming with my painting. I use photographs and video taken with an underwater camera and make flip books as reference points for my paintings. This reflects my desire to immerse myself in the subject. The paintings describe the changing light through the seasons and more recently involve some the man-made structures and coastal terrain. Using glazes and layers of oil paint, i create textures and translucent effects that represent the elemental relationship between land sea and sky.

Solo Shows
2017 116 Gallery Tenterden Kent
2014 Blackshed Gallery Robertsbridge East Sussex
2013 Oceanic Westminster Reference Library London
2009 Small paintings Weekend Gallery Hastings
2008 new paintings Cloisters Chambers, Middle Temple London
2006 sea paintings The Place Camber Sands
2005 cave painting Rock-a-Nore Gallery Hastings
2004 sea paintings The Place Camber Sands
2003 swim Laserhouse Gallery West St. Leonards
2001 sea paintings Conquest Hospital Hastings
2000 way out west Electro Gallery West St. Leonards
1990 recent paintings Diorama Gallery Regent's Park
1989 paintings from Seville Line Art London
1987 drawings from Seville Everyman Cinema London
Group Shows
2013 Transitions Pure Arts Battle
2013 Flood Jerwood Gallery Hastings
2013 Hastings Filmmakers Festival Jerwood Gallery Hastings
2012 Towner Open Towner Gallery Eastbourne
2011 Site survey swim video/photo Turner Contemporary Margate
2010 Colour pinhole photographs The garage Coast guard cottages Fairlight
2008 Brighton Photo Biennale Fringe Saltdean Lido Saltdean
2007 coast Independent Photographers Gallery Battle
2006 sea studies Serena Hall Gallery Southwold
2005 coast Conquest Hospital Hastings
2005 small paintings Brewery Arts Cirencester
2005 sea voices Hastings Museum Hastings
2002 art in romney marsh St Dunstans Snargate
2001 coastal currents Rye Harbour Churc Rye
2001 newly renewed Beatrice Royal Gallery Southampton
2000 staring out to sea Alan Baxter Associates London
2000 seascapes White Gallery Hove
1999 2 artists Clatton Gallery Newcastle
1998 territory Phoenix Gallery Brighton
1997 watercolours Sassoon Gallery Folkestone
1996 5 artists from Hastings Newlyn Gallery Cornwall
1995 artists in Spain Stormont Gallery Rye
1995 driven to distraction Stormont Gallery Rye
1995 george street studio artists Star Gallery Lewes
1994 opening show Collier Bristow Gallery London