Working with his hands has been a lifelong occupation for Nigel Watson, ultimately leading him to work with stone. He carves directly into bulky bits of rock with little or no knowledge of the outcome and yet always seems to return to the form of the head. Nigel’s sculptures feel centred and grounded. Yet there is an underlying sense of humour too; each of these unusually expressive faces is a subtle manifestation of feeling, ranging from contentment to disgruntlement, through wry amusement.
Nigel has spent his life working as an artist in many different media, from illustration in fine pen and ink drawings to wood carving and turning. Since 1992 he has focused on stone sculpture, producing powerful figures and heads. He was awarded a bursary to travel to Greece in 1992 to work specifically with marble. He has lived and worked in Devon for the last 35 years. Nigel has sculpture in private collections in the UK and abroad.