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PROFILE

Nik Pollard’s work is generated from sustained, direct observation with paintings and drawings often resolved in the field. A period of dedicated study at single or related locations is a necessary part of his process. Drawing from all the senses, he investigates the rhythms and characteristics of a location and its ecology, resulting in a sense of time and place.

Working with a range of mediums, he focuses on the essential aspects of what it is that has drawn him to the subject. Searching for a balance between figuration and abstraction he enjoys exploring the ambiguity and serendipity of mark making. When working in the studio he often turns to printmaking in order to pursue an idea further, substituting the thrill of the first-hand direct response with the magic of printmaking and the exploration of materials and processes that cannot easily be replicated outdoors.

Nik has been involved and has helped develop a number of Society of Wildlife Artists projects, he sees art education as a perfect opportunity to help people re-engage with nature and believes that art has a role in promoting conservation stories. Teaching is an integral part of his practice; he has been a guest tutor at the Royal College of Art, Artist in Residence at Marlborough College and is the Programme Director at Rabley Drawing Centre in Wiltshire.


He has been commissioned as a designer/illustrator by conservation NGOs, publishers and private companies; illustrating subjects ranging from Peter and the Wolf to the HS2. 


Nik graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1998

 

CV

EDUCATION

  • Royal College of Art, Natural History Illustration MA 1996 – 1998  

  • Carmarthenshire College 1992 – 1994

  • Kent Instiute of Art and Design 1990 – 1992

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

  • Place 10, Rabley Drawing Centre, Wiltshire - 2015

  • New work, The Dolby Gallery, Oundle - 2013

  • Exploring the nearby, The Mount House, Marlborough - 2010

  • Sketchbook, The Mount House, Marlborough - 2009

  • Tiwi valley, The Dolby Gallery, Oundle - 2008

  • Coast and Woodland, The Dolby Gallery, Oundle - 2008 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

  • Drawn from Nature, Stapleford Granary, Cambridge - 2020

  • Interpretations, Scotish Ornithological Centre, Aberlady - 2019

  • BIRDS, Fen Ditton Gallery, Cambridge - 2019

  • Coast, Rabley Gallery, Wiltshire -  2018

  • RWA Open, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol - 2017

  • RA Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London - 2017 /2018

  • RWA Drawn, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol - 2017

  • The Natural Eye, The Mall Galleries, London -1995-2019

  • Concrete Nature, Stamford Arts Centre, Lincolnshire - 2015

  • Capturing the moment, The Mall Galleries, London - 2014

  • Living on the edge, Stamford Arts Centre, Lincolnshire - 2014 

  • Drawn to Nature, Rabley Gallery, Wiltshire - 2012

  • Earth Music Festival, St George’s, Bristol - 2011

  • Wildlife in Printmaking, St Barbe Museum, Hampshire - 2011

  • SWLA mixed show, Zillah Bell, North Yorkshire - 2010

RESIDENCIES

Nik has participated in a number of national and international projects working with The Artist for Nature Foundation, Birdlife, The Wildlife Trusts, RSPB, Natural England, British Trust for Ornithology, Doğa 

Koruma Merkezi and Nationalpark Vadehavet. The objectives of the projects have been to highlight the importance and vulnerability of specific habitats and wildlife, through public engagement, exhibitions and publications.

  • Kingcombe meadows,  Dorset Wildlife Trust - 2017

  • Wallasea Island Wild Coast Project, RSPB, Crossrail & The Environment Agency - 2015/16

  • Rabley Drawing Centre - 2014 

  • Marlborough College - 2008-2010 

  • Tropical Biological Association, Kibale, Uganda - 2002

PROJECTS

  • Wadden Sea Project (Project co-ordinator) SWLA / Nationalpark Vadehavet, Denmark - 2019/21

  • Flight Lines, SWLA / British Trust for Ornithology, UK - 2017

  • Turkish Sweetgum Project (Project co-ordinator) SWLA / Doğa Koruma Merkezi, Turkey - 2016

  • Utrecht Province, Artist for Nature Foundation, Netherlands  - 2005 

  • The Great Fen Project,  Artist for Nature Foundation / Natural England, UK - 2004

  • Aig an Oir, SWLA / Hi-Arts / Forestry Commision, Scotland - 2004

  • Tumbesian Project , Artists for Nature Foundation / Natural England / BirdLife, Peru & Ecuador - 2003

COLLABORATIONS

Nik has enjoyed extending his practice though collaboration with other artists, musicians and theatre directors.

  • Micro Performance, Curated by Rebecca Birch, Milton Keynes Gallery - 2010

  • The Seagull,  Chekhov (Set design). The Ellis Theatre, Marlborough College - 2009

  • Quartet for the end of time, Messiaen. (Set design) The Ellis Theatre, Marlborough College - 2008

TEACHING

Nik sees his teaching opportunities as part of his practice and enjoys the exchanges with students, helping them to explore their ideas and develop ways of working. In 2018 he was asked to take over the role of Programme Director at Rabley Drawing Centre in Wiltshire.

  • Rabley Drawing Centre - Programme Director / Tutor

  • Creative Partnerships   - Art and Ecology, Friars primary School, Southend. Years 1-5

  • Marlborough College - Art Scholars tutor / Assistant tutor Yr9 - U6

  • Royal College of Art - Visiting tutor

OTHER WORK

  • Trustee – Federation of British Artists. Mall Galleries, London

  • Member of council – Society of Wildlife Artists. Mall Galleries,London

  • Judge – Wildlife Photographer of the Year  2001

 

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