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Exhibition: Nick in Europe
Curated by Jasia Reichardt
Nick Wadley (1935 – 2017) was an art historian of note, specialising in 19th century France. With ten books to his name, he is probably best known for the standard volume on the art of drawing of the Impressionists and Post Impressionists and his book on Gauguin's Noa Noa manuscript.
However, some thirty years ago, his early training as an artist reawakened, and Nick started to draw. He decided that with drawing he could say more than he could with words alone. If words proceed line by line from left to right or vice versa, drawing moves around corners with an inside and an outside and all the stages in between.
To make the meaning of the drawings richer he added words. To add possibilities to their meaning, he used puns, some French, as well a mixture to which he referred as Franglais. The drawings are small, sometimes funny but the subjects verge on the enormous as the artist, quietly sitting on a high stool at his white desk, confronted the world.