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Nick Bodimeade Artist Talk

Updated: Jul 19, 2023

In July 2023, Nick Bodimeade gave an Artist's Talk, 'in conversation' with James Stewart.


The Artist's Talk was in conjunction with Nick Bodimeade's exhibition of Herd and Windblow paintings at the Mill Studio from 15 July to 5 August.


In the first half hour Nick Bodimeade discusses:


  • His painting process and the 'magic of making an object';

  • Geometry in his works, based on an organisational system

  • The interplay between a flat surface (painting) and spatial views, the 'illusion of space' - e.g. in Monet's Water Lilies.

  • Pattern recognition - Mondrian's Cow paintings, journey to abstraction

  • His own 'Wobbly Mondrians'

  • Range of approaches to painting: formal/exact and towards abstract expressionism

  • Devices in painting - dribbles


In the second part we took questions on:


  • Why paint in diptych rather than one larger canvas? practical and based on process

  • Do the cows in the Herd paintings have tails? matrix of marks, rhythm in painting

  • Process based abstraction - predetermined approach, follow set instructions

  • Setting goals, possible teaching techniques

  • Quality in the visual process of looking

  • Working from photographs and preparation on a computer

  • Cropping paintings or not

  • Stages in painting - a debate with yourself?

See the full talk below.

Herd by Nick Bodimeade Exhibition gallery view
Herd by Nick Bodimeade Exhibition gallery view

Nick Bodimeade is a full-time professional artist, and he also teaches at:



You can view the full talk on YouTube here, in two versions of resolution HD (High Definition) & SD (Standard Definition):


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