Approved: 03.02.2016

Nick Marsh

Artist, Community worker, Curator, Teacher

Approved: 03.02.2016

Artist Statement

I mostly make paintings; often oil paint on wooden panels and acrylic on paper currently on a small and intimate scale, sometimes a liitle larger and sometimes I make work employing drawing, works on paper or cardboard and printmaking.

I make art as both an emotive response to, and an attempt to understand - or make some sort of sense of - what it means to be 'here'. Having been doing that for some time the work has evolved through an engagement with both process and language.

I might have a head full of ideas, notions or subjects that inform me – but I now paint quite instinctively and intuitively which allows images to be discovered or found rather than ideas being described or illustrated. I want to explore material fact and yet the ineffable and unfathomable. I want to talk about history; the past, the present, of what is here and of the ghosts that flood in. Painting is the language that I choose to do this with.

Outside of painting itself I have become increasingly concerned with helping a wider community engage with both making and looking at art. 



CV & Education


1997 M.A. Fine Art printmaking, Wimbledon School of Art

1986 B.A.(Hons.) Fine Art, Brighton Polytechnic

1983 Art foundation course, Wolverhampton Polytechnic


2018 'Under One Roof' Two person show at Lewes House

2018 Sussex Open Towner Gallery, Eastbourne

2009 ‘Wonderland’    Paintings and work on paper with Helen Turner and Gary Goodman at The Foundry Gallery, Artemis Arts, Lewes   

2002, 2000, 1999 National Print Exhibitions    Mall Galleries, London

1998 Box Prints    Hardware Gallery, London

1997 Art Awards    KPMG, London

1997 Survey, London postgraduates    Clifford Chance, London

1997 Open to Print    Reg Vardy Arts Foundation, University of Sunderland

1996 ‘Journeys’  Sussex Open    Brighton Museum & Art Gallery

1995 ‘Young British Abstraction’    Paintings with Marek Tobolewski and Jez Noond at Silverstein Gallery, New York

1995 ‘Handling Bach’    Paintings with Richard Granville-Smith at Greenwich Theatre Art Gallery

1992 ‘Art for Sale’ in conjunction with The Guardian    at Whiteleys of Bayswater

1992 ‘Gang of Four’    Smiths Gallery, Covent Garden

1990 ‘Work from the North Store’    3 person show, Hastings Museum and Art Gallery

1986 New Contemporaries    I.C.A. London and touring

WORK IN COLLECTIONS of KPMG, London and Eversheds Contemporary Art Collection, Nottingham

TEACHING & Professional

2018 -   Co-creator and organiser of Newhaven Projects and Newhaven Open Call

1997-2001 Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at De Montfort University, Leicester and Lincoln

1988-1997 Teacher of Art and Design in further and secondary education