Artist Biography

Nick Grindrod is a British artist based in Sheffield. He studied Fine Art at the University of Derby and Sheffield College. He has shown widely in Britain and in Europe, and has work in numerous private collections.

Boldly abstract in nature, Grindrod’s paintings skilfully layer strict geometric forms with gestural painterly handling. Working in intense bursts of activity, initial sketches are adapted and reformed in an instinctive, immediate process. Much of the aesthetic decision making is done in the moment – intuitively working with the paintings in ‘real time’. Consequentially, removal of paint and erasure of marks play just as important a role as the application of paint and this is abundantly clear when we look at the finished works.

Bold, flat, graphic colour fields sit alongside abraded, distressed surfaces. Swift, gestural marks contrast sharp, measured lines. One might imagine such seemingly contradictory forms and surfaces would not play well together, but Grindrod’s innate ability to balance a composition and a palette is such that the completed works are undoubtedly of a piece, humming and vibrating with an excited energy.

The paintings are often overtly playful, but their immediate aesthetic appeal conceals a subtlety and rigorous commitment to a practice that is deeply important to the artist. As he says of his himself, “The decisions that are made in the moment can be both rewarding and disappointing but all lead to the truth in the end… I feel that this is the only way that I can truly create something unique”. Writers Credit: Tom Wilmott

Solo Exhibitions

2018 Aggressive Passive, Studio Ninety, London UK
2018 Nothing to See Here, The Circle Gallery, Sheffield UK

Group Exhibitions

2020 Cultivate / Re Cultivate (online)
2020 Grey/Gray (Matter), Divisible Projects, Ohio USA
2020 Dance First, Think Later, General Practice, Lincoln UK
2020 London Original Print Fair, Royal Academy of Art UK
2020 Kite Circus, Sidney Matilda, Sheffield UK
2020 London Art Fair, UK
2019 Squaring the Circle, The Circle, Sheffield UK
2019 Object Meditation, AfterNyne Gallery, London UK
2019 Constructs of Colour, The Old Lock-up Gallery, Derbyshire UK
2019 From Brooklyn Works to Brooklynism, Kelham Island Museum, Sheffield UK
2019 Encounters, D Contemporary, Mayfair, London UK
2019 Interdiscursive Non Objective 3, Galleria Xs, Kielce, POLAND
2019 Interdiscursive Non-Objective 2, Galleria Uniwersytecka, Warsaw, POLAND
2019 Interdiscursive/Non-Objective, Galeria Dzialoñ, Warsaw, POLAND
2019 Prosaic, The Coterie Gallery, Rotherham
2019 Place, Boston Castle, Chesterfield UK
2019 8 Paint, Gage Gallery, Sheffield UK
2018 AbEx, Gallery 35, Sheffield UK
2018 Salon 10, The Old Lock-up Gallery, Cromford, Derbyshire UK
2017 For a Burning Love, The Circle Gallery, Sheffield UK
2017 It’s Complicated, Bloc Gallery, Sheffield UK
2016 What is the Point, The Clerkenwell Gallery, London UK
2016 False Gods, The Holt, Sheffield UK
2016 What is the Point, The Strand Gallery, London UK
2016 The Chaos of Looking, Circle Gallery, Sheffield UK

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