Nick Grove was born in 1974 in Warmington, near Oundle, and is an artist who predominantly paints portraits, landscapes and cityscapes in oils, ‘en plein air’. He completed a foundation course in art and design followed by a BA (hons) degree in fine art before embarking on a successful career as a photographer and film-maker winning numerous national and international awards. He has now returned to his first passion of painting and his many years of working with light shows throughout his work. The play of light and changes in tone are a constant source of inspiration and defines his subject matter.
Nick’s painting style starts with solid drawings upon which he applies confident brush strokes, layer upon layer, gradually feeling his way towards the finished painting. Nick prefers to paint his landscapes and portraits on site, where the immediacy and vitality of the subject can be experienced ‘in the raw’. Nick, his wife Julie, and their two children Lily-Belle, and Daisy, and their cocker spaniel ‘Monty’ often venture out on painting holidays in their 1978 VW campervan ‘Uma’.
He believes that being a painter is a continuous learning experience – every new painting is an opportunity to discover something new about ourselves and our subjects; to paint is to put a little of oneself on the canvas, but what we receive from painting is worth so much more.
2017 – The Dolby Gallery Summer Show
2017 – The Dolby Gallery Autumn Show
2018 – Peter Barker Fine Art Gallery
2018 – Artist in Residence, Oundle School
2019 – The Yarrow Gallery Solo Show (12th-25th January)