The Old Lock Up Gallery
Swifts Hollow
19 The Hill

Open Fri - Sunday 10-5



Nigel Smith

 Nigel will be mindful painting in the gallery on October 15th 2-5pm : no need to book - please feel free to pop in. 

The Old Lock Up Gallery is situated on the edge of The Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, in the historic village of Cromford Derbyshire the very birthplace of the Industrial Revolution and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  The gallery can be found on the second floor of a beautiful 18th century cottage which became the village jail in the 1780’s, the cells are still in situ on the ground floor of the building. One of the first cottages to be built in Cromford - originally surrounded by fields.

Nigel says "My work sits somewhere between abstracted landscape, fantasy and lyrical abstraction. I call them dreamscapes. They are meditations on nature, spirit and memory capturing moments of mood in an ever changing environment. They are contemporary visions of the sublime, filtered through abstract expressionism, East Asian art and philosophy, the majestic light of Turner and Monet… and a dash of 70s prog album covers.

I want the viewer to feel they are not quite sure what they are looking at. They may find familair motifs but be unsure if they are looking at something vast or microscopic, external or internal, underwater or out in the cosmos, in a grand vista or a local weedpatch. Nature moves constantly, ever changing, interconnected, both epic and intimate. In my art, like in a Murukami novel, one never quite knows when the familiar will slip into a twilight of surreal dreams. Who doesn’t want a little magic in their lives?

I want to express the flow of energy moving through everything in our universe."


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