Nik Pollard

Nik Pollard is a painter and printmaker based in Bristol. He has been a professional member of the Society of Wildlife Artists [SWLA] since 1997, graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1998 and in recent years has received the Swarovski Bird Artist of the Year award [2013] and the RSPB award [2019].

His work is generated from sustained, direct observation with paintings and drawings often resolved in the field. A period of dedicated study at single or related locations is a necessary part of his process. Drawing from all the senses, he investigates the rhythms and characteristics of a location and it’s ecology, resulting in a sense of time and place.

Working with a range of mediums, he focuses on the essential aspects of what it is that has drawn him to the subject. Searching for a balance between figuration and abstraction he enjoys exploring the ambiguity and serendipity of mark-making. When working in the studio he often turns to printmaking in order to pursue an idea further, substituting the thrill of the first-hand direct response with the magic of printmaking and the exploration of materials and processes that cannot easily be replicated outdoors.

Nik has been involved and has helped develop a number of SWLA projects.

Teaching is an integral part of his practice; he has been a guest tutor at the RCA, Artist in Residence at Marlborough College and is the Programme Director at Rabley Drawing Centre in Wiltshire.

I see art education as a perfect opportunity to help people re-engage with nature and believes that art has a role in promoting conservation stories.

He has been commissioned as a designer/​illustrator by conservation NGOs, private companies and publishers; illustrating subjects ranging from Peter and the Wolf to the HS2.

You can find Nik on Twitter and Instagram


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