detail - Dead-man's Fingers (ceramic, rope, salvaged buoy, salvaged crab pot marker, gloves, spray paint, pipe cleaners, glue)

Dead-man’s Fingers / Sea at Newlyn Art Gallery


A 2nd (expanded) iteration of Dead-man’s Fingers, an installation of paintings and sculptural works first shown at Matt’s Gallery in 2023, will be coming to Newlyn Art Gallery in May. These works will colonise the beautiful upper gallery at Newlyn – a stone’s throw from the shore. In the lower gallery, I’ll be showing Sea : a series of figurative paintings which play with ideas of perception and presentation.

May 4th – November 2nd

PV May 10th – all welcome

Joyful News to Bachelors and Maids 182x152cm copy

Joyful news


‘Joyful News to Bachelors and Maids’ has been acquired by The Foundling Museum for its permanent collection, with help from Artfund, a V&A Museum purchase grant and private donors.

This painting was included in my exhibition ‘A New Song (To an Old Tune)’ at the Foundling Museum in 2019 and refers to a 1740 Broadside Ballad with the same title

Joyful News to Bachelors and Maids (183x152cm oil and spray paint on linen 2018)

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Matt’s Gallery


My show with Matt’s Gallery will be in 2 chapters :

Chapter 1 Dead-man’s Fingers 29th Jan – 5th March 2023 (PV 29th Jan 2-5pm)

Chapter 2 The Borough 12th March – 16th April 2023 (PV 12th March 2-5pm)

More details to follow…



RA : Newts on Piccadilly


Newt Tank has been included in the Royal academy Summer Exhibition (selected by Stephen Chambers RA) & a detail of the painting is also hanging OUTSIDE the Royal Academy as a banner on Piccadilly

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A Modern Caprichio – Cross Lane Projects x Vestry Street


The Inaugural Exhibition of Prints and Works

6-8 Vestry St, London N1 7RE

A Modern Capricho brings together work by artists Nicola Bealing, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Denise de Cordova, Simon Marsh, Rebecca Scott and Mark Woods.

It is apposite to be thinking about Goya while the world stumbles; if you think we’ve got it bad, with our pandemic, financial crisis, unstable leaders, wars and natural disasters, look at Spain in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

History is replete with war and starvation, but Goya has an ability for penetrating hurt. Goya doesn’t exonerate the evils of individuals and groups, he amasses evidence of universal depravity. His trademark is detachment, and his work contains a layering of meanings. He masks his satire by using images that inspire multiple interpretations, mixing horror with ribaldry.

A Modern Capricho is very relevant today in our era of fake news and new normal.  The work in this exhibition is eloquent and urgent enough, to be displayed in proximity to Goya’s Los Caprichos and create a contemporary dialogue.

A Modern Capricho will be the first exhibition at Cross Lane Projects’ new gallery Vestry St in Hoxton, London. Visitors are invited into this uniquely intimate space to read, reflect, discuss and view contemporary art in a salon-like setting. Located in a private residence on the road that bears its name, Vestry St presents a programme of curated exhibitions and events by leading contemporary artists, both local and international.

The salon at Vestry St will be open every Saturday, 12 – 6pm, in June and July 2022, or by appointment.

Image : Mary Toft (giving birth to rabbits) (30x26cm polymer gravure etching, edition of 20 – one of a set of 8 ‘Broadsides’ 2018)

Come to Sunny Prestatyn

Dowch i Brestatyn Heulog (Come to Sunny Prestatyn)


Arcade Campfa, Cardiff 2nd July – 13th August 2022

Inspired by the 60th anniversary of ‘Sunny Prestatyn’ Philip Larkin  1962

Curated by Nick Davies

Image : Come to Sunny Prestatyn (oil and spray paint on panel 40x30cm)

The Mutation
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Insect Odyssey – Salisbury Museum


Insect Odyssey : Insects, books and the artistic imagination 

25th June – 25th September 2022

Salisbury Museum

This exhibition offers an insight into the insect world through the visual responses and interpretations of contemporary artists and makers to the entomological publications which, since the 17th Century, have recorded and illustrated these intriguing creatures.

Insect Odyssey celebrates contemporary artistic practice, champions the relationship between art and science and highlights the crucial role played by insects in the environment’

image : The Mutation 2022 (oil on linen 60x90cm)

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Bodies in Space, Mirror,Plymouth 27.11.2021- 26.02.2022


MIRROR presents Bodies in Space, a group exhibition curated by Ben Borthwick.

Nicola Bealing / Flo Brooks / Andrea Büttner / Andrew Pierre Hart / Nick Jensen / Claudette Johnson / Joy Labinjo / Bruno Pacheco / Charmaine Watkiss

Bodies in Space presents work by artists using the figure in painting and drawing to question and understand how we occupy, move through and negotiate the public and private spaces of daily life. The exhibition also reflects how figurative painting and drawing becomes more visible at times of wider social and political change.

This exhibition, itself hugely delayed due to the Covid 19 pandemic, has been adapted to reflect on the impact of social distancing and the wider disruption of social conventions on issues of representation and equality.

Some artists in this show use the figure in allegorical ways while others treat the figure as an apparition emerging from abstraction. In spite of these differences in approaches, the disjunction between the body, space and time is a common thread across works and forms the basis of this exhibition.

Ben Borthwick is an independent Curator and Head of Creative Programme at KARST. He combines working internationally with grass roots artist development and community engagement in Plymouth. He was previously Artistic Director of Plymouth Arts Centre, CEO of Artes Mundi and Assistant Curator at Tate Modern.


(Image : ‘Dirty Man, Clean Man’ –  oil on linen 121x91cm 2014)

Most Nights I Can Hear the Sea (oil on wood 30x20cm)

Bryan Robertson Trust Award


I’m delighted to be the recipient of a Bryan Robertson Trust Award.  This will allow me to dive deeper into recent work….

Image : Most Nights I Can Hear the Sea (oil on wood 30x20cm)


Hospital Rooms


A beautiful publication by Hospital Rooms – and a reminder of last year’s projects at Greenfields women’s mental health recovery unit and Centre Court Psychotherapy Service in Plymouth.


Residency at Centro de las Artes San Augustín, (CaSa) Oaxaca, Mexico


February – March 2020

1 month studio residency at CaSa, Oaxaca : an art’s centre in a former 19th century textile mill, transformed by the artist Francisco Toledo and architect Claudia Lopéz Morales in 2006.

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Mexico Diary no. 11 : Cactus on coast road, Oaxaca. (Gouache 50x32cm 2020)


British Museum


The British Museum has acquired a set of my 8 Broadside Etchings for its permanent Print Collection

(Image : Broadsides, shown here in A New Song (To an Old Tune) at the Foundling Museum, London 24th May-1st September 2019  Polymer gravure etchings, edition of 20, each 30x26cm)


RA Summer Exhibition 2019


I’m delighted to have been invited to show Darn (ink, oil and spray paint on linen 182x213cm) in the 251st RA Summer Exhibition 10th June-12th August

Hold up my Dear (mono print 80x100cm)

A New Song (to an Old Tune). Foundling Museum, London 24.5 – 1.9 2019


I’ll be showing new paintings and mono prints made in response to 17/18th century broadside ballads in ‘A New Song (to an Old Tune ‘ at the Foundling Museum, London alongside their major exhibition : ‘Hogarth and the Art of Noise’.

Hold up, my Dear  (mono print 80x100cm)

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Od Arts Festival


Rivalry in Somerset….11-13th May 2018


Death and Circuses – Kestle Barton



Alack, Alas and Heraldic Zoo, Pickled

Alack, Alas (oil & spray paint on linen 212x152cm), Heraldic Zoo, Pickled (oil & spray paint on linen 152x245cm) with the original ‘An Apprentice, Absconded’ notice and an extract from the records of the Old Cornwall Society, both from the archives of Helston Museum


Capital Crimes in Cornwall - partially Obscured by Honeysuckle (ink and oil on linen 183x183cm) with the List of Executions in Cornwall - 1785-1882 and archive carousel photograph from the archives of Helston Museum

Capital Crimes in Cornwall – partially Obscured by Honeysuckle (ink & oil on linen 183x183cm) with the List of Executions in Cornwall – 1785-1882 and archive carousel photograph from the archives of Helston Museum



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Columbia Threadneedle at Palazzo Strozzi, Florence 1st -24th July, 2016


The Columbia Threadneedle Prize 2016 @ Palazzo Strozzi
Figurative Art Today
The Columbia Threadneedle Prize 2016 @ Palazzo Strozzi
The Strozzina area of Palazzo Strozzi in Florence will be hosting The Columbia Threadneedle Prize 2016 @ Palazzo Strozzi from 1 to 24 July 2016, an exhibition designed to trigger a debate on contemporary figurative art in the work of forty-six international artists selected to mark the prestigious European award known as the Columbia Threadneedle Prize.

Over forty works of art ranging from paintings and drawings to engravings will be coming together to probe the relationship between art and figuration today, taking a fresh look at such traditional genres as portrait painting, landscape painting and still-life. Addressing this theme inevitably means reflecting on the intrinsic value of the artistic image, playing realism off against the abstract and fostering an in-depth debate on our society today as it sinks beneath the weight of an ever increasing number of images disseminated via the new digital communication media. While artists such as Nicholas Holmes, Coll McDonnell and Stephen Read focus on chance, everyday issues and topics from daily life, exploring and extolling the theme of looking in painting, others such as Lewis Hazelwood-Horner, Nicola Bealing and Laura Smith appear to want to rethink the role of painting as a metaphorical tool of the present, at times in a totally dreamlike vein and at others in a profoundly realistic manner.

Palazzo Strozzi is the second venue to host the eighth edition of the Columbia Threadneedle Prize, an award devised and sponsored by Columbia Threadneedle Investments, a leading global assest manager, as part of the support the company dedicates to culture and the arts. The exhibition was first held at the Mall Galleries in London, running from 3 to 20 February 2016, but Palazzo Strozzi will be the first Italian venue to host this prestigious exhibition.

The Columbia Threadneedle Prize is selected by an illustrious international panel: journalist Emma Crichton-Miller; artist, writer and photographer David Dawson; Tim Knox, Director of the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge; Lewis McNaught, Director of Mall Galleries in London; and Arturo Galansino, Director General of the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi in Florence.

The Columbia Threadneedle Prize 2016 @ Palazzo Strozzi offers Palazzo Strozzi and Florence a unique opportunity to establish new forms of cooperation and to foster an important moment of exchange and debate on contemporary art at the international level. A rich and varied programme of workshops and activities forming part and parcel of the event will be held in the Strozzina for the entire duration of the exhibition, providing an opportuntiy for reflection on the figurative genre in contemporary art and on the relationship between cultural heritage and the contemporary art scene in Italy today.



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Death and Circuses blog


I’ve just launched a blog  to tell some of the stories from the Death and Circuses project.   Each post will document and illustrate how an individual museum object launched a painting – or in some cases, a whole series of paintings.

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Columbia Threadneedle Prize 2016


Trannack Misfits  (152x245cm) has been selected for the Columbia Threadneedle Prize Exhibition : 3rd – 20th February 2016, Mall Galleries, London



@nicola_bealing for updates from the studio

@death_and_circuses for news on the Death and Circuses project and exhibition


‘Death and Circuses’


I’m delighted to have been awarded an Arts Council Grant for my project with Helston Museum Archive : ‘Death and Circuses’.

Gleaners. 182x182cm

The National Open Art Competition 2014


2 paintings : Gleaners and Infested Carpet will be included in the National Open Art Competition, Somerset House, London 18th September -25th October.