On November 28, 2011, Graham Nickson brings his renowned Painting Marathon back to the Phil. Designed for students who are deeply committed to developing their skills as painters and deepening their fundamental understanding of the medium, the Painting Marathon is $700, 5-day workshop that immerses enrolles in intensive, hands-on instruction from 9 each morning until 5 each evening from one of the most accomplished realists in the world today.
A graduate of Camberwell School of Arts & Crafts and the recipient of an MA from the Royal College of Art in London, Nickson has been a resident of New York since 1976 and the Dean and a faculty member of the New York School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture since 1988.
He was catapulted to the forefront of the art scene when he won the Prix de Rome in 1972. During his ensuing two years in Italy, sunrises and sunsets became major themes in his work, and the small format land and skyscapes he painted, some of which are grouped as diptychs and triptychs, became the basis of the predella paintings that are components of several of the artist’s monumental canvases of the period, including Umbra Urbana (1972–80) and Concordia (1972–78), both of which are now in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Nickson went on to receive The Harkness Fellowship at Yale University (1976-78), the Howard Foundation Fellowship from Brown University (1980-81), the Guggenheim Fellowship (1989) and the Ingram Merrill Fellowship (1993). Painter and art critic Andrew Forge wrote of Nickson, “In all of his work, there is a sense of something being pushed to a limit–a limit of saturation, of tonal contrast, of dissonance. What establishes the limit is a certain conception of light. This is where the line is drawn beyond which color would run berserk.”
Just last year, critic Hilton Kramer characterizes Nickson as “one of the most exciting and ambitious painters on the current art scene,” and Lilly Wei said of a series of Nickson’s paintings on paper and monumental canvases of Tuscan, Umbrian and Australian skyscapes (the latest completed in 2011) that “they astonish in their translucency and luminosity. They are perhaps Nickson’s most abstract paintings, yet remain united to his more figurative work by a sense of architecture, a sense of latent symbolism and a sense of drama, which John Russell identified, as early as 1982, as the unifying features of Nickson’s art.”
Recent solo exhibitions include Graham Nickson: Private Myths at the Patty & Jay Baker Naples Museum of Art (2007); Graham Nickson: Works from Private Collections at the Boca Raton Museum of Art (2006); and Meeting and Passing at the Lillehammer Art Museum in Norway (2007).
Nickson’s work can be found in the permanent collections of many prestigious museums and art institutions including The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Museum of Modern Art (MoMA); National Gallery of Art in Washington DC; Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University; Albright Knox Gallery in New York; the Neuberger Museum of Art, NY; the Frye Art Museum, WA; the Boca Raton Museum of Art; and the Lillehammer Art Museum.