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Nicky Basford Solo Show


NICKY BASFORD
27 June – 1 July 2017
54, The Gallery Shepherd Market, London W1J 7QX
11am – 7pm

nickybasford@gmail.com

“In July 2015 I walked part of the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route, starting from the French side of the Pyrenees crossing into northern Spain. Not only was I struck by the extraordinary heat, temperatures reached 100 degrees some days, but also the humbling and challenging experience of journeying for miles each day, accepting all the inevitable discomfort in order to be just a little nearer to your destination at the end of it. Small comforts became large, like a tree offering shade in an otherwise barren landscape. The parched cardoons, or artichoke thistles, by the roadside began to feel like metaphors and the sun-baked ‘way’ stretching into the distance, a reminder of my journey towards something, of pilgrimage.

Other sources of inspiration come from the rather cooler climes of the British coastline. Crail on the north-east coast of Scotland, Eype in West Dorset and the area around St Ives in Cornwall.

I’m especially drawn to the muted colours of winter with its churning seas and brooding skies. Drawing remains a great pleasure and an important discipline so I’ve included a series of nude studies and still lives.”
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