Nick Hersey is a British born artist, currently living and working in Derbyshire. He studied at the Kent Institute of Art and Design and Illustration at Kingston University, London. In 2001 he moved to Brazil where he spent four years working on a series of painting projects and teaching art at a community based charity dedicated to street or ‘favela’ children. In 2005 he became Artist in Residence at The Regents International School in Thailand, and worked with Lliam Contemporary Art Gallery, Pattaya. He also volunteered with Burmese refugee children at the Fountain of Life convent, Pattaya. In 2008 he moved to Shanghai, where he began working with the island6 arts collective, as well as coordinating independent projects with Chinese punk bands and professional Chinese skateboarders. He taught graphic design at Dulwich College Shanghai for 2 years, as well as becoming Art Director for the marketing department. In 2010 he moved to Derbyshire, England, where he became resident artist at Bank Street Arts, Sheffield. He currently collaborates with schools and educational establishments in Derbyshire, as well as being commissioned to produce installations and exhibitions alongside his personal work. He is currently working on a residency project in conjunction with QUAD arts, Derby to regenerate a disused chocolate factory.
Nick’s work focuses on the condition of the individual in the context of the wider community, using subgroups or tribes within societies to explore and question the expected behaviour of the unit within the composite whole. Though he is considered primarily a painter, he exploits a combination of his graphic and traditional painting skills and works in close co-operation with his subjects, exploring the innate contradictions between the human condition and the consumer model which is reshaping many aspects of modern culture and the relationships between individuals.
His recent projects have utilised collaborations with refugee’s, professional skateboarders and independent punk bands, among other things. Generally his projects feature figurative painting, often portraits, but are fairly non traditional in execution. As well as oil and watercolour painting, Nick uses stickers, graphics, stencils, collage, photography and printmaking to execute his artworks and installations. Nick continues to collaborate with island6 Arts Collective in Shanghai, as in spring 2013 where he graced the Arts Center with his presence and creative output for the exhibitions "Body-City-Mechanism" and "Modus Operandi".