(Nigel) Robert Pugh
I graduated from Cardiff College of Art in 1978 and worked as an Industrial and Architectural Designer and Illustrator until the early 1990s when I moved to West Wales to become a full-time painter. I have taken part in solo and group shows and have work in private collections worldwide.
Art practice includes oil paintings, watercolours, monoprints and drawings, illustrative & portrait commissions, sculpture, b&w landscape photographs and aerial photography.
Watercolour painting has played a pivotal role in my development as a painter over the past 15 years. Following a career as a designer/illustrator I returned to watercolour painting almost exclusively for five years in order to ground myself in the demanding discipline of working with such a technically unforgiving medium. From this I moved into painting in acrylics, and subsequently oils using painting techniques that retain the fluidity, and the light-reflecting and transparent ‘layering’ qualities of watercolour. Currently my work is equally divided between oil painting and watercolour.
I am an expressionist painter by inclination but prefer not to recognise boundaries, believing that there are no a priori ‘rules’ in the making of art.
In recent years my deepening Christian faith has led me to explore the relationship between faith and art, and has led to an exploration of religious iconography and the place of the spiritual in contemporary art practice.
Recently completed a major series of paintings based on the Stations of the Cross.
Currently working on a series of nine paintings based on the Turin Shroud.
Elected member of the Royal Watercolour Society of Wales
Member of the Teifi Arts Group
Founder member of The Wild Goose Arts Group (2014)
The following quotes are something of touchstones for me…….
Jean-Paul Sartre observed,
"…may I ask whether anyone has ever accused an artist who has painted a picture of not having drawn his inspiration from rules set up a priori? Has anyone ever asked, "What painting ought he to make?" It is clearly understood that there is no definite painting to be made, that the artist is engaged in the making of his painting, and that the painting to be made is precisely the painting he will have made. It is clearly understood that there are no a priori aesthetic values, but that there are values which appear subsequently in the coherence of the painting, in the correspondence between what the artist intended and the result …”
And a painter’s quote from Francis Bacon ….
“The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery”.