In order to fulfil his long held artistic ambitions Nicholas Elliott sold out of his marketing company in London and lived cheaply in India and Spain where he taught himself to paint. He returned to the UK and settled in Somerset to further hone his craft and following a sell-out exhibition in Cork Street, Mayfair he gained London Gallery representation. His work was shown across Europe and North America where his paintings can now be found in private collections.
In 2009 he set up home in rural France and converted a rundown barn into a dream studio. However in 2013 he was diagnosed with cancer forcing him to sell up and return to the UK for treatment and major surgery during which he was to lose half his jaw. Physically and psychologically scarred by his experience he struggled to get back to painting and didn’t pick a paintbrush up for another 18 months. By the grace of God he came through this period and relocated to North Norfolk where he is once again painting.
His work is influenced by the beauty he sees around him, often in everyday subject matter, be that Still Life, Floral or Landscape. Composition plays a major role in his paintings and there is often a latent narrative to be found when the viewer ponders further. Working in oils his style is influenced by the subject matter. Although his paintings are recognisable as a Nicholas Elliott his process is not formulaic and the painting may be loose and painterly or tighter and more precise dependant on his interpretation of the subject at that time.
Nicholas Elliott is a provisional member of The Institute of East Anglian Artists, he exhibits locally, nationally and regularly undertakes a smaller affordable paintings which he posts for sale on his blog here on this site.