Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Somerset Open Studios 2016 - Derek Nice

On Sunday I went to the studio of artist, Derek Nice - see above.  It was open as part of Somerset Open Studios.  I have loved his work for many years and have one hanging on my wall at home!  I discovered, via the brochure, that he had moved to Wells so it was easy for me to visit...

His work is influenced by maritime, archaeological themes, myths and legends.  He collects old bits of weathered wood from boatyards and beaches.  He creates works that evoke the sea, out of materials that have been formed by it.  His intention is to find the essence of sea-going life, not the literal interpretation of the subject.  As well as sculptures and assemblages, he also produces beautiful, colourful, collages and paintings, often incorporating text.

The above pictures show his delightful garden, complete with Shepherd's Hut and sculptures.  Also shown are a selection of his latest subject matter - angels.   As many people love and believe in guardian angels, he hopes that his, made from reclaimed wood, will spread a bit of happiness! 

Well worth a visit...

Helen - Contributor

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