Universal Language

Thanks to everyone for coming along to the exhibition and the private view. I hope you enjoyed the show!

Guests at the private view discussing just how wonderful my pictures are...

My latest exhibition was Universal Language at The Framers Gallery (or Artefact), 36 Windmill Street, London W1T 2JT. The show was organised by Gabriel Fine Art and ran from 26 June to 1 July 2017 with a private view on the evening of the 28th. There was a Turkish dancer at the private view, plus an auction of various prints. I was also asked to give a talk about my pictures, but that never happened for some reason. Probably for the best...!

I exhibited three works (see below), the elephant and bear in traditional box frames and the flamingo printed in black and white on a sheet of aluminium. None was sold, but the flamingo will be appearing again in my next exhibition, so fingers crossed!

Bear about to catch salmon in mouth

Bear about to catch salmon in mouth

Elephant giving itself dust bath on hillside

Elephant giving itself dust bath on hillside

Chilean flamingo head against black background

Black, White & Silver

Thanks to everyone for coming along. I hope you enjoyed the show!

View of Victoria Harbour from the Peak

I contributed a few black and white landscape prints to Black, White & Silver at 508 King's Road. The exhibition ran from 24 May to 5 June, and I sold this image of Hong Kong from the Peak (above).

I particularly enjoyed chatting to guests and the other photographers at the private view.

Photographers + buyers + alcohol = happiness

Thanks, everyone!

508 King's Road 2016

Thanks to everyone for coming along. I hope you enjoyed the show!

And you thought flamingos were pink...

My Wildlife of the World show at 508 King's Road ran from 22-28 November 2016. It was the first time I'd exhibited at the gallery, but the staff were very friendly and helpful and even managed to secure the sale of the Chilean flamingo print on aluminium (above). Thanks, everyone!

Here's what people wrote in my visitors' book:

Fantastic
— Susan
Fabulous
— James
V. impressive
— Mark
Stunning
— Emma
Fabulous!
— Margo
Super shots.
— Chris
Just ‘Wow’
— Mathu

Glaziers' Art Fair 2016

Another pig print sold, but no stolen laptop this time. Phew...!

Glass half-full...

I went to the very first Glaziers' Art Fair last year when I was invited along by the Oxford University Society, and I came back this year with my four enormous wildlife prints. In fact, I originally only brought two, but then I was told that I could use a couple of easels, so I brought the other two on the second day. That was a stroke of luck, as it was the first time I'd ever been to an art fair with only two pictures on sale!

There were quite a few visitors at the private view on the Monday (22 October), including  Cllr Kath Whittam, Mayor of Southwark, but the next couple of days were a little slow - inevitably, perhaps, as it wasn't held over a weekend. I did sell a small print of my Pig peeping out from behind wall for £250, but I didn't bring along any unframed prints or greetings cards, so I didn't have that consolation this time around. Having said that, the fair is always an enjoyable experience. The staff and other exhibitors were all friendly and helpful, and I enjoyed talking about my work to whoever was interested. I even met a couple of people who might end up buying a full-size print for their home or office, so we shall have to wait and see...

Here's what the punters - well, one punter! - thought of my show:

Flamingoes!
— Rachel

Parallax Art Fair 2016

"Drink enough free wine, and you won't be able to see straight!"

A few of my many admirers...

As somebody once wrote, "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." I sold a print of my pig worth £495 but had a laptop worth £2,500 stolen!

It was my first time at the Parallax Art Fair at Chelsea Old Town Hall, which I found out about through Andy Skillen's website. He led the Brazil trip I went on in September 2016 to shoot the jaguar, and he's previously exhibited at the fair. However, I was only able to sign up a couple of weeks in advance, so I had to send a frantic stream of email enquiries to the fair manager before I was happy with all the arrangements. It was quite expensive to buy space as an exhibitor, but I wanted to show off my new 53 x 38" prints, so I decided to take the plunge!

When I arrived, the first problem was finding my prints. Genesis Imaging were supposed to send them over to a storage space on behalf of the fair. After that, who knows what happened. Using a bit of common sense (and ignoring what I was told by the staff!), I found them eventually and located my area. I'd only paid for a couple of metres of wall space, so I was expecting to have to rotate my prints every day, but I discovered that I'd actually been allocated a whole wall! I think they must have been struggling to find enough exhibitors, so I was lucky enough to be able to display all four prints at once. 

The next problems was mounting the pictures. Only one of them could be hung on a hook; the rest had to have a wooden batten nailed into a thin wooden panel on the wall, so the technicians were a bit worried the whole thing would collapse under the weight! Fortunately, I managed to persuade them to help me mount two of them on the panel and got permission to rest the other two on a couple of chairs, so we were all set.

The fair started off with a private view on the Friday night, and there were lots of people there. I was on my feet the whole time, chatting about my work to anyone who looked interested, so I hardly had a moment to myself. I didn't make any sales, but the artist who shared the space with me Ellie Spafford had brought her mother along, and she was toying with the idea of buying one of my pigs!

The weekend started badly. I'd been chatting to Ellie a little bit, and I wanted to show her a few lizard pictures on my laptop. However, when I reached into my bag, it wasn't there! It had been stolen. My stomach lurched. I couldn't quite believe it. It had been on the floor between a chair and a glass panel only five feet away from where I'd been standing. Fortunately, everything on it was backed up - including all my pictures! - but it wasn't the best start to the day...

Things picked up on the following day, when Ellie's mum decided to buy an 80 x 60cm framed print of the pig. At least that paid for my hire of the space - if not a new laptop!

Peekaboo pig...!

Peekaboo pig...!

 

Overall, I enjoyed the Parallax Art Fair. The staff were friendly and helpful, I was lucky to meet Ellie and her parents and it was a good chance to see and talk about my latest extra-large wildlife prints. And I even sold a pig! Roll on next year...

 

Here's what the punters thought of my show:

Fab pics!
— John
Beautiful.
— Herta
Beautiful
— Kevin
Lovely!
— Eman
Brilliant!
— Pamela
Stunning!
— Jonny
Gorgeous photographs, friendly, lovely photographer. YAY, I got a pig!!
— Lynda

Norman Plastow Gallery 2016

"Every picture tells a story"

Opening day...

 

My travel and wildlife photography exhibition is over now, so I just wanted to say a big thank you to everyone who came along. I hope you all enjoyed the show! 

Thanks also to the Norman Plastow Gallery and to Norman himself for dropping by again. I had 93 visitors in six days and sold 11 greetings cards, two unframed prints, two A3 framed prints and two 80 x 60cm framed prints.

Here are all the comments people wrote in the visitors' book:

V. good!
— Dave
Chill!
— Emma
Beautiful photos
— Kathy
Fabulous!
— Sarah
Love them all!
— Sarah
Just fabulous!
— Jane
Lovely work!
— Leigh
Wonderful photographs, Nick. Great sharing memories of the Antarctica expedition. Looking forward to your next show!
— Lynne
Must come back!
— Patricia
Great work and interesting talking to you.
— Lars

Putney Artists' Open House

I had 48 visitors over the past couple of weekends and sold three of my favourite prints.

Peekaboo pig...

Peekaboo pig...

I just wanted to thank everyone who came to my Open House exhibition on 1-2 October. I hope you enjoyed the show!

I sold one framed print of a pig that I saw in a little village called Tordi Sagar in India (see image above), two unframed prints, one postcard and eight greetings cards, so it was well worth the effort.

If you're interested in coming along to any of my future exhibitions, I have a couple of events coming up:

  • The Glaziers' Art Fair on 24-26 October at Glaziers Hall, 9 Montague Close, London SE1 9DD. Opening hours are 1000-1630 on Tuesday and 1000-1700 on Wednesday, and there's a ticketed private view on Monday from 1800-2000 (see http://glaziersartfair.com).
  • 508 King's Road Gallery, London SW10 0LD. Opening hours are 1000-1800 (see https://www.facebook.com/508kingsroad/).

Thank you also for your comments in my visitors' book. Here's what you had to say:

Really impressive
— Jill
Awe-inspiring!
— Ujjayini
Great
— Lola
V. good
— R
Thank you.
— Anna
Great job!! Lovely owl!
— Andrea
Great!!
— Dom
Great!
— Adrian
Fantastic!
— Chris
Amazing!!
— Phillipa
Lovely
— Madeline
Amazing!
— Blanka

Glaziers' Art Fair

Selling photographs is like being in the army: 99% boredom and 1% nerve-jangling excitement!

"What does this have to do with glass...?"

Dentists. Nobody much likes dentists, but I won't hear a word said against them. The first two prints I ever sold were bought by a dentist, and I've just sold seven more to another one!

I've spent the last couple of days exhibiting my photographs at the Glaziers' Art Fair at Glaziers' Hall near London Bridge. It was fun talking to the public and to my fellow stall holders, particularly Catherine and Sai, but it was quite quiet until I met The Dentist and his wife. He walked up to my stall and told me he was looking for photographs to put up on the walls of his practice. He then said something like:

"I'll have that one...and that one...and that one...and that one...and that one. Oh, and I've just seen that one and that one, so I'll have those, too."

As one of the organisers told me later, "That must've put a smile on your face." It did indeed.

Altogether, I sold nine prints, 10 postcards and 13 greetings cards. These were the prints:

Taj Mahal from Agra Fort in blue haze (x2)

Taj Mahal from Agra Fort in blue haze (x2)

St Basil's Cathedral

Pig peeping out from behind wall

Pig peeping out from behind wall

Chipmunk

View of Victoria Harbour from the Peak

View of Victoria Harbour from the Peak

Black and white cliffs on snowy glacier

Black and white cliffs on snowy glacier

Tuscany 1

Tuscany 1

Let me just say a big thank you to the organisers, the other stall holders and everyone who came along to the fair. It was the first of its kind, and I hope it won't be the last. I don't know how many people attended the show, but I wish it every success and hope to be there next year. Quite a few people left comments in my visitors' book, so I'll finish with a list of what they wrote:

Lovely work, quite inspirational!
— Judith
We enjoyed talking to you and seeing your lovely photos.
— Joan & Tom
How very refreshing & reminds me of the beauty of art and nature.
— Yvette
Thank you so much for showing me the nature film & bears catching salmon, etc. Lovely photos.
— Val
The most fantastic bear photos ever!!!
— Barbara
True works of art.
— Ron
Beautiful pictures. So still and so real!
— Koyon
Great, Nick.
— Pippa
Awesome stuff!! A picture really does tell a story 😀!
— Sai
I love the painted stork. Interesting to hear of your travels.
— Zoe
Very interesting use of photographic effects.
— Brian
Stunning photographs that capture magical scenes
— Jackie
Lovely exhibition.
— Sue
Enjoyed the photos & the chat about the Arctic
— Rosita
Great photos
— Liz
Beautiful emotive images
— Diane
Loved the Taj!! Lovely photos.
— Jan

Putney Artists' Open House

I had 44 visitors over the past couple of weekends and sold one of my favourite prints.

Grevy's zebra watercolour

Grevy's zebra watercolour

I just wanted to thank everyone who came to my Open House exhibition over the last two weekends. It was nice to be able to show off my work and tell a few stories about taking the pictures, and I hope you enjoyed the exhibition.

I sold one print of a zebra (see image above) two postcards and nine greetings cards. The next trip I plan to take will be to the Brazilian Pantanal to see the jaguar, so every little helps!

If you're interested in coming along to any of my future exhibitions, I have a couple of events coming up:

  • The Glaziers' Art Fair on 27-28 October at Glaziers Hall, 9 Montague Close, London SE1 9DD. The opening hours are 1000-1630 on Tuesday and 1000-1700 on Wednesday (see http://glaziersartfair.com).
  • Putney Lawn Tennis Club Christmas Craft Fair on Balmuir Gardens, London SW15 6NG. The opening hours are 1900-2200 on Friday 27 November (see www.pltc.co.uk).

Thank you also for your comments in my visitors' book. Here's what you had to say:

Fabulous talent
— Jacqueline & Jeremy
What a surprise. Such lovely pix!
— Cheryl
Great pics
— Gail
Well done
— Anne
Great work!
— Mike
Great work, thank you
— Georgina
Thank you! Excellent! Impressive!
— Keith
Awesome
— Matt
Great!
— Emma
Good stuff
— Dave
Stunning animals - beautiful stuff!
— Keith
Lovely photos in wonderful locations
— Mike & Maggie
Lovely photos and such exciting places to visit
— Diana & Steve
Great pictures
— Paul & Kate
Excellent!
— Matthew
Lovely work
— Louise
Some lovely stuff. Keep it up!
— Ed & Jen
Absolutely beautiful photographs, stunning and inspiring. Thank you!
— Linda