The third of the Outside In: National 2012 Award Winners solo exhibitions is due to open at Pallant House Gallery in Chichester on Tuesday 7 January 2014. ‘Loves Nigel’ by Nigel Kingsbury will showcase his winning piece ‘Woman’ alongside many other works. The fine, delicate portraits that Kingsbury produces depict women as mystical goddesses attired in glamorous ball gowns, decadent outfits and floating dresses. Each drawing is unique, sometimes from memory, but often inspired by women he knows or those in close proximity.
For almost ten years, Kingsbury has been a key member of South London based Action Space; a visual arts organisation supporting the creative and professional development of artists with learning disabilities in a professional studio environment.
Drawing virtually every day, Kingsbury has produced images of women since his twenties. When he was younger, he was inspired by the nurses during his time spent in hospital, and when home, he would source images by recording TV programmes and freeze framing selected figures to sketch.
This fascination with the female form inspires Kingsbury to create drawings with a frequently mysterious and eerie quality, although his idolisation of the figure in such a rare and carefully observed manner is far removed from contemporary issues of gender stereotyping.
Notes: This exhibition has free entry and is on until 2 February 2014 at: Pallant House Gallery, 9 North Pallant, Chichester, PO19 1TJ