""My recent work explores dissolution and change through different media and stories, interrogating issues of identity on several levels in journeys of transformation. Some works engage with an inner mythology through dissolving planes, while others range from near-abstraction to a hybrid realism."
Nick Malone is a British artist who crosses art forms to create adventures in painting, drawing and writing, often combining traditional and experimental techniques in unforeseen ways to create artwork full of dynamic contrasts.
Born in the north of England, his childhood was spent stargazing and exploring the surrounding moors. His subsequent education included postgraduate degrees in Contemporary Literature from Queen Mary College, London and in Fine Art from Central St Martins.
Initially, Malone was a writer, supported by an academic career that included periods as a Visiting Professor at Thessaloniki University, Greece and the University of Wisconsin in the States. His first book, 'The Burial of Crispin Pyke', had an introduction by Sir William Empson, some of whose ideas in 'Seven Types of Ambiguity' he subsequently transferred into painting. Malone travelled extensively across Russia, Europe and America; experiences that combined to provide creative material for his later work.
In his thirties, against all advice, he then threw up everything to become an artist. Nick Malone’s work has been exhibited across the world, from Japan to the United States, including at the Royal Academy and the Carrousel du Louvre. He has won various awards, including Arts Council England Awards and Fellowship of The Royal Society of Arts. His artwork and artist’s books are represented in a number of collections, including The British Council, Salford Art Gallery, The Royal Society of Arts, Milton Keynes Gallery Archive, The Drawing Room, The University of Wisconsin, BUPA, The RAC and GlaxoSmithKline.
Malone explores issues of identity, transformation and change. His art practice has evolved over time, from a hybrid abstraction to his more recent work using collage, text and imagery, providing an iconography of inner fable, archaeology and dream.
Nick Malone is married and has two sons; he currently lives and works in Greenwich, London.
2006 - MA Fine Art, Central St. Martins, London
1992 - BA Hons, Fine Art, University of Hertfordshire
1984 - MA (Distinction), Modern English Literature, Queen Mary College, University of London
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