After Nyne Contemporary are delighted to present a collection of effervescent new paintings from contemporary British artist Nick Grindrod.
This body of work broadens Grindrod’s characteristically playful use of geometric motifs, which intersect and coalesce to confuse their pictorial boundaries. Punchy colours cooperate with greys and earthen tones; a pastiche akin to the balance and surprises within our everyday lives. Incidentally, ideas of order and chaos can be found in neatly parallel lines and rogue paint splatters, levelled opaque surfaces and fluid abrasions. Painterly mannerisms and techniques are exposed and the fallacies of creative control are queried and played upon.
These works will be available to view in person at the Affordable Art Fair: Summer, 2021.
How did you come to arrive at the formal style we see in your most recent works?
“The past 18 months has seen a lot of people struggling with work, home life, and mental health. I've been very fortunate to have been able to work throughout the pandemic, but as gallery exhibitions have been cancelled or put on-line it's given me a lot of time just to play with colour, composition and form with no endpoint or exhibitions to form a body of work. I'd say it's been freeing which has resulted in a more defined and refined process.”
How do you approach colour?
“It's a huge part of the work. It can be the difference between two colours that make or break the design. There are always informed choices but layering up more subtle colours can also have a great impact.”
Can you tell us about your creative method?
“I was a decorator for a number of years. Working on period properties, old plaster and wallpapers, stripping layers of old paint, sanding - seeing decades of colours and patterns revealed with yellowing, staining and cracking has defined (subconsciously) how I approach the work. I use a lot of the old tools to add, remove, and create a feeling of nostalgia through filters of paint. Although the work has become more playful and graphic, these processes are still at the heart of my method."
Do you have a daily studio routine?
“I like to walk into the studio as much as possible. It's a good 45min walk in but it allows my mind to get into the right place and my eyes see a lot of life, which definitely informs my work. Once I'm in the studio I'll scrape down the pallet, get fresh water and sketch for 20mins, or just get straight into it if the mood takes me!”
What, from people to objects, creatively motivates you?
“Before painting full-time, I took a 15 year break from the creative scene, working for different people doing different jobs - but always thinking about art and painting most of each day. I lost someone important to me who was a real influence and who did a lot of great things with her life, and that was a turning point for me. I decided to do my art full-time, and that turning point still motivates me everyday, along with my girls!”
What materials and methods are you excited to explore next?
“I'm lucky enough to be very busy at the moment, but I'd like to start to introduce some print into my practice over the next couple of years.”
Nick GrindrodModern Twist , 2021 Acrylic on Canvas
122 x 152 cm
48 1/8 x 59 7/8 in
Boldly abstract in nature, Grindrod's paintings skilfully layer strict geometric forms with gestural painterly handling. Working in intense bursts of activity, initial sketches are adapted and reformed in an instinctive, immediate process. Much of the aesthetic decision making is done in the moment - intuitively working with the paintings in 'real time'. Consequentially, removal of paint and erasure of marks play just as important a role as the application of paint and this is abundantly clear when we look at the finished works.
Bold, flat, graphic colour fields sit alongside abraded, distressed surfaces. Swift, gestural marks contrast sharp, measured lines. One might imagine such seemingly contradictory forms and surfaces would not play well together, but Grindrod's innate ability to balance a composition and a palette is such that the completed works are undoubtedly of a piece, humming and vibrating with an excited energy.
The paintings are often overtly playful, but their immediate aesthetic appeal conceals a subtlety and rigorous commitment to a practice that is deeply important to the artist.
Nick Grindrod is a British artist based in Sheffield. He studied Fine Art at the University of Derby and Sheffield College. He has shown widely in Britain, and has work in numerous private collections. Nick also sells work through Chiswick Auctions (Post war and Contemporary Art auctions), and at Cupola Gallery and The Helix Gallery in Sheffield.