Nick Hedderly, who's 41 and from Nottingham, has
become the first ever artist to win both the Derby and the Nottingham
City Open art competitions in the same year with different paintings
of the same subject.
The inspiration for his winning paintings is Trellick
Tower, a ten-storey public housing block of flats in west London.
It's a favourite with the artist. Earlier this
month he picked up first prize in the Derby City Open art competition
with a depiction of the flats.
A different interpretation of the same subject
earned him top honours at the Nottingham City Open in the autumn.
|The picture of Trellick Tower which won Nick
Hedderly top prize in the Derby Open
As part of his prize a one-man Nick Hedderly exhibition
will be held at the Nottingham Museum and Art Galley in November
Success isn't new to Nick.
Solo shows of his work have included a touring
exhibition sponsored by Nottinghamshire County Council, exhibitions
at the Century Gallery in Henley on Thames, the Oxford Arts Centre
and The Blue Room in London’s Soho.
‘I am always fascinated by the urban and city environments,
especially at night, and how it influences our imaginations,’ says
‘This then carries into my work in oils, acrylics
and light. I wonder about the effect these buildings have on others
and what feelings they invest in them, and how they become a repository
of so many of our feelings and memories.’
Since graduating from Birmingham Art School in
1984, Hedderly has developed a passion for abstract interpretations
of city and landscape scenes and draws much of his inspiration from
the Nottingham and Derby area.
An exhibition of Nick Hedderly’s paintings based
on the Trellick Tower is currently on display at the Blue Room,
Soho, and London until the 28 December 2002.
Exhibitions scheduled for 2003 include a solo show
at the Nottingham Castle Museum and Gallery, and Gallery 33 in London.