The inspiration for oil painter Nick Tearle lies in the agricultural landscape in which he lives and works, the Fens.
Nick is particularly drawn to the small holdings and farms which stand isolated on the horizons of their flat surroundings.
Strongly influenced by the paintings of Edward Hopper, Van Gough and Cezanne alongside contemporaries such as Mike Svob and John Crump, Nick records his subjects in vivid and often saturated colours.
“I want to record these fields, these homesteads and these farms because I grew up here. I believe that the landscape painter has an opportunity to present a new way of looking at a subject so I paint the scenes with drama, romance and emotion. I hope my images leave an impression to take with you next time you’re travelling through the fens.”
A student of Fine Art, Graphic Design, Art History and Photography, Nick had built a solid foundation in visual art by the time he left college. This allowed him to study another of his creative passions Music Technology at Leeds Beckett University.
In 2004, Nick’s paintings were included in the ‘Next Generation’ show at the Catmose Gallery, Oakham. Whilst continuing his studies Nick began working as a freelance Graphic Designer.
In 2013 whilst living in Singapore, Nick produced artwork for global beer brand Tiger Beer. His graphic artwork was also featured in the Unbreakable issue of Kult magazine, Singapore.
In 2014, living in the Philippines, Nick was featured on the local television news channel GMA News discussing in interview his series of landscape paintings of the tropical archipelago.
Today, Nick paints his original works either literally ‘in the field’ or from his own photographic source material in his home studio. His technique relies on the mastery of his medium-oil paint-painting wet in wet, dark to light and fat over lean.
all images © Nick Tearle