"I aim to portray physical sensations and inner emotions using a strongly figurative approach in both painting and drawing. The coastal environment in all its variety of light, colour and physical texture, all associated with memory and mood, is where I like to place my figures."
Biography: Nicholas St. John Rosse was born in 1945 in Hampstead, London, and was educated at University College School. From an early age he became interested in painting, encouraged and enthused by watching the landscape painter Donald Towner at work in the open air and visiting his studio. On leaving school, a few months' employment at Clifford Milburn (Reeves) gave him the opportunity to become familiar with the work of Pietro Annigoni. Nicholas went to see him in Italy with a portfolio of drawings and three very beneficial years in Florence followed, as a student with the Maestro and attending the Scuola del Nudo of the Florence Academy. Nicholas has exhibited widely in one-man shows in London, the counties and abroad and also in many group exhibitions including the R.A, Royal Society of Portrait Painters, the Royal West of England Academy and the Royal Society of Marine Artists. He is a regular contributor to artists' magazines. He has twice won the coveted Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Award and has works in their collection. This Montreal based foundation exists specifically to encourage artists working in representational styles. In 1981 Nicholas, his wife Chantale and their two sons Alexandre and Sebastien moved to Trethevy on the North Cornish Coast where the wild cliffs and beaches provide the artist with endless settings for his figure/beach compositions. He was twice commissioned by Britannia Royal Naval College to paint portraits of their Admirals: in 1998 portrait of the late Admiral Sir John Fieldhouse, the First Submariner to become Chief of Defence Staff, and in June 2000 of Admiral Sir Henry Leach, the last Admiral to be appointed as the First Sea Lord,both of them now hanging hanging in the Senior Gun Room with portraits of famous Admirals of the past. The two portraits can be viewed by the public on the College Open Days as Britannia Royal Naval College has now Museum Status. 2007 Nicholas has now started on the final painting of the 'last Supper' for the St'Paul'sCatholic Church in Tintagel,and hope that the project will be terminated this year.
Country: United Kingdom (Great Britain)
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