Running until 24 October 2021, Pallant House Gallery in Chichester, directed by Simon Martin, presents Ben Nicholson: From the studio, an exhibition spanning Nicholson’s career.
Nicholson was keenly aware of the spatial and poetic possibilities in the arrangement of objects, whether within a still-life painting, a carved relief or in his studio. Nicholson’s studio was filled with objects that inspired his practice, from patterned jugs and mugs to glass bottles and goblets, these ordinary personal possessions were a source of endless inspiration to the artist.
Through the careful display of paintings, sculptures and prints, alongside his collection of studio objects, Nicholson created highly personalised environments. The exhibition brilliantly examines the life, career, travels, and personal circles (he was romantically and artistically involved with Barbara Hepworth) of one of the most famous British artists.
Still life was at the heart of Nicholson’s artistic practice. Taking the arrangement of a group of studio objects as a starting point, he began to experiment with form and colour. This exhibition traces how the artist’s style developed, from his early traditional tabletop still-life paintings to his later abstract works.
Featuring works from public and private collections including Arts Council Collection, British Council, The Pier Arts Centre, Stromness, National Galleries of Scotland and Tate, it also includes over 50 studio objects from private collections that are on public display for the first time.