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Nigel Swift

My work is informed by our relationship with the environment and our sense of history. I am interested in how we see our environment and how this perception has changed over time. My work explores this changing sense of place and history.

Research forms an important part of my process and may involve a journey, obtaining specific objects and sourcing visual reference material. I work mainly in acrylic paint and build up colour and composition using glazes and colour washes.

My paintings often involve a memory or image of either a place or event. This initial image may then be subsequently obscured or buried within other images or forms. My work is motivated by our re-evaluation of this relationship with the environment and of our history.


  
I never thought of doing an art degree until I was encouraged to do so by my life drawing tutor at evening classes. My interest in painting and drawing developed over a long period of time after studying photography and making short films. I decide to study part time and graduated from Chelsea School of Art in 2008. Since graduating I have exhibited regularly and continued to commit to a painting based practice.

I am a founding member of For One Day Only (www.foronedayonly.org) which organises regular one day only art events in central London. I am also a member of dis-connected artists (www.dis-connected.org.uk). Both of these groups are primarily concerned with creating arenas for exhibiting work where the emphasis is on providing an event rather than selling work.

I have sold paintings to private collectors and take on commissions.

 
B204, Chocolate Factory 1
Clarendon Road
Wood Green, London
N22 6XJ
 
07957 594505
nigeljswift@gmail.com
www.nigelswift.com


 
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The Chocolate Factories in Wood Green, London N22, are a landmark development and hub of excellence for the creative industries in the UK.

The project started in 1996 when Collage Arts, an arts development agency, moved into the Chocolate Factory on Clarendon Road and converted several derelict floors of the Factory into artist studios.

What followed was a high demand for creative space and in 2002, Collage Arts renovated Chocolate Factory 2 on Coburg Road, next door.

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