Photo by Dave Roger




'Carnival' - Nic Dartnell
4th September - 3rd October  2009

Public preview Friday 4th September Nic Dartnell's exhibition focuses on the idea of the carnival and capturing the essence of the party atmosphere. Using the Notting Hill Carnival as his focal point, Nic has produced a series of oil paintings that aim to evoke the sense of freedom and celebration that fills the air. There will be a whole range of paintings, prints and photographs and greetings cards on display, as well as his book, all of which are for sale.

 photo by Sonja Carigiet

Photo: Sonja Carigiet

CV of art related activity

(Born in England 1951 - childhood in Malaya -
youth in Scotland / Edinburgh - lived in Newcastle -
Islington / Hackney - London - Bristol.)

Began painting in oils aged 13

1968 - 69  Leicester Art School (Foundation year)
1969 - Painted Album cover for Emerson Lake and Palmer - 1st album (Bird)
1970 - 73  Attended Newcastle Art School  (Graduated with a 3rd class degree)
1973 - Prize winner in the Stowells Trophy / exhibited in the Mall Gallery / London
1973 - 2002 Lived and worked in Islington and Hackney / North London
2002  Moved to Bristol, where I currently live and work

Throughout the period listed above I travelled regularly in the USA and Germany
More recently I have travelled in India, Italy and Spain. I ride a cruiser motorcycle.

During 1970s - made special artwork for music bands Genesis, Spirit, Love  - book covers for Abacus books and other publications.
Exhibited special shows called “The Earth and the Sky’ in the Roundhouse / Chalk Farm : the Almost Free Theatre / Central London. Presented a general exhibition of my work in Centerprise / Hackney. Exhibited 'Charlie Chaplin's Silent Song' at the Royal Academy  
in a retrospective of ‘Stowells Trophy’ prize winners.

During 1980s - stopped painting in oils for a few years - studied the Art of Navajo Sand-painting at Goldsmiths College / University of London - funded by British Academy - Wrote an MPhil study on the subject - not submitted.

1989 - Made a Navajo ‘sand’ painting on the floor of the Kunsthaus / Essen /Germany. Exhibited various examples of Navajo art and presented a public lecture

During 1990s started painting in oils again - made a series of paintings based on photographs of children in Hackney - ‘Children of the Future’. I put together a general collection of my work called ‘Silent Songs’

1999 - Exhibited photographic prints of paintings at The Windmill
           Restaurant / Fulham - London
1999 - Painted a series of images of Jimi Hendrix for a book by Johnny Black
1999 - Exhibited in ‘EXHIBIT A’ magazine - my image ‘Compared to What?’
           was used for the front cover of that edition
2001 - Exhibited limited edition prints at the Old Vic Theatre / Bristol
2002 - Exhibited limited edition prints at Marmalade Gallery - London
2003 - Exhibited limited edition prints and paintings in On the Wall - Arts
           Fair / Olympia - London
2003 - Set of limited edition prints and cards of my artwork published by
           Post Impressions Ltd.
2004 - Commissioned by the Standard Chartered Bank of London to
           make a painting "Muslim Girl"
2005 - Exhibited paintings and limited edition prints at the Blackheath
           Gallery / London
2005 - Exhibited paintings and limited edition prints at 93
           Gallery / Bethnal Green - London
2006 - Exhibited paintings and limited edition prints at the
           Blackheath Gallery / London
2006 - Invited to make a photographic record of Notting Hill Carnival -
            London in order to make a series of paintings about ‘Carnival’
2007 - Exhibited paintings and limited edition prints ‘SILENT SONGS’
           at the Grant Bradley Gallery /Bristol
2007 - Invited to continue the photographic record of Notting Hill Carnival -           
           London in order to develop the series of paintings about ‘Carnival’
2007 - Made a series of paintings/prints/photographs about ‘Carnival’
2007 - Created a web site
2008 - Made a ‘sand’ painting ‘Sky and Earth’ on floor of Grant Bradley               
          Gallery / Bristol and presented an exhibition and lecture about Navajo        
          ceremonial art
2009 - February (Valentine’s Day) painted a series of images of
           roses to exhibit at a’Capella Restaurant / Bristol
2009 - September - exhibited ‘CARNIVAL’ images as an auction at
           Grant Bradley Gallery - Bristol - reviewed in Venue magazine Bristol
2011 - Placed ‘Prayer’ in the offices of Amnesty International - London
2011 - ‘Child' and  'Flute-player’ exhibition at the Grant Bradley Gallery - Bristol
2012 - Completed ‘Willow' for Tempest Radford
2012 - Exhibited 'Fluteplayer' 'Life' 'Smile' 'Prayer' at Blackheath Galley London -
           donated ‘Prayer’ for permanent display on the staircase, at Amnesty International London
2013 - Exhibited ‘Mother and Child’ ‘New World’ at Blackheath Gallery London
2013 - Completed ‘Fiddler’ for Tempest Radford
2014 - Completed ‘Kerela Girl’ for Tempest Radford
2015 - Completed 'Parasol' and 'Tallyman' for Tempest Radford
2016- 17  Made a six month trip to India to gain photographic material in Kerela and Madurai 
2017 - Began work on series of paintings of images from Kerela and Madurai
2017 - Four paintings - NIght Market - River Child - Nemarah Girl - Girl Praying - purchased by Hautekiet Moto’s NV - Belgium
2017 - Exhibited in Art Expo New York - with Steidel Fine Art - London & Texas
2017 - Exhibited in 'The British are Coming' in Austin Texas - USA
2017 - Completed 'Two Young Men at Holi' for Tempest Radford
2018 - Completed Five Men Lifting a Rock and The Builder's Assistant for Tempest Radford 
2018 - Completed  Sack Carrier (Madurai) - 'Allapuzha Woman' - Silversmith (Varkala)
2018 - Punamoodu Man shortlisted - but not exhibited - BP Portrait Competition
2018 - September Song shortlisted for ROI exibition in the Mall - not exhibited
2019 - Exhibited 'White Cow' in ROI - London - won (First Prize) Stanley Grim Prize - by public vote
2020 - Exhibited six painting by invitation in 'Buy Art - Buy Now' on line gallery of the Mall Gallery London
2020 - Exhibited 'As Time Goes By in ROI online exhibition Mall Gallery London