I first met artist Nicholas Borden back in February on a cold and grey winter day in London. He had set up his easel on a traffic island in the middle of the road and he was totally focused on the canvas and the scene he was painting, defying the weather and the gloomy day, not to mention the busy traffic.
Since our meeting in February he has been out on the streets nearly every day capturing the everyday life of London on canvas. His work is vibrant and colourful with the spontaneity and energy of life spilling out on to the canvas. The skies he paints are often gloomy grey english skies which he admits he rather likes and which serve to really highlight the warm and bright colours on the canvas. I think he's fine with grey skies as he's an outdoor type who enjoys fishing and you would never get out if you waited for a blue skied day, especially in winter.
Nicholas is currently preparing for his forthcoming exhibition at the Millinery Works which kicks off on 20 October and runs until 15 November. It will be well worth a visit, and it will be warm inside the Gallery.