Nicholas Coulson’s practice draws inspiration and content from accumulated travel and observations. His work references popular culture, everyday objects and art history, from abstract to figurative form.
Coulson does not attempt to hide the processes of construction. These marks often show the problems that have been solved in the process of making and highlight an emphasis on drawing. In the modernist tradition, forms are often abstracted to geometric shapes. Coulson’s constant discipline is an attention to detail, surface qualities and process.
‘Geometry, line and colour are everywhere in everyday life, just waiting to be observed. These observations are my stimulus – a pair of scissors, a car, a ladies dress, record cover, book cover, an aged page from a book, a landscape while driving, an old bus ticket, a house, a building, a painting, a bottle – anything. This varied subject matter sparks – an idea, emotion or feeling. Then I set about getting this down onto the surface. The paintings attempt to create something more than simply the figuration presented. The titles can at times provide a way in for the viewer to experience the whole painting. I predominantly work on board, a solid surface to build up layers of colour and texture. Sanding, scraping, scratching the surface – revisiting each panel until I think I’ve solved the problems presented.’ – Nicholas Coulson.