Spotlight

Feature London-Based Painter Nick Goss

Championed by Simon Martin
The Wick - End of the Line, distemper, oil and screen print on linen, 160x210cm, 2021
Above  End of the Line, distemper, oil and screen print on linen, 160x210cm, 2021
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Interview
Nick Goss & Simon Martin
08 September 2021
Interview
Nick Goss & Simon Martin
08 September 2021
The pandemic not only had a shrinking effect on our social lives but Pallant House Gallery’s latest exhibition, ‘Masterpieces in Miniature: The 2021 Model Art Gallery’. As our world got smaller, Pallant House director Simon Martin commissioned more than 30 leading British artists to create miniature works to match. Participating artists include Michael Armitage, Damien Hirst, Grayson Perry, Clare Woods, previous Monday Muse Maggi Hambling, and today’s Spotlight artist Nick Goss. This is the latest collaboration between Martin and Goss, who is considered to be one of Britain’s most exciting contemporary painters.

“It’s always difficult to pin down a ‘first’ moment when you work with an artist, as I’d seen Nick’s work over the years,” says Martin, “but it was his impressive 2017 exhibition ‘De Ramp’ at Josh Lilley Gallery that really brought his work to my attention. I was drawn not only to the beauty and technical accomplishment of his works, but the complex layering of patterns and fragments that convey all kinds of associations and ideas: personal and collective histories that are always fluid and leave space for the viewer.”
In 2019, they worked together on Goss’s first institutional show, ‘Morley’s Mirror’ at Pallant House Gallery in Chichester. Martin says: “It was very exciting for us to be showing a substantial body of his paintings, some loaned from international collectors, with ambitious new works painted especially for the exhibition. Nick also selected and hung Modern British artworks from the Pallant House Gallery collection to create a conversation between his work and the artists he admires, such as Edward Burra, Eileen Agar, Christopher Wood, Richard Hamilton and Michael Andrews. It was an immensely rich and engaging dialogue, and it was a great accolade that one of these new works, Lay-By, was subsequently acquired by The Met Museum in New York for its collection.”

Nick agrees: “I was very lucky to be given the chance to look through the Pallant House collection and select some works to accompany my exhibition. It was wonderful to see the same Eileen Agar collages, Paul Nash etchings and Michael Andrews paintings that I had been obsessed with at college and have the opportunity to place these works together alongside some of my paintings. The idea of communing with artists across different historical times was incredibly exciting.”

Goss’s latest solo show, ‘Margaritas at the Mall’, opened on Friday at Contemporary Fine Arts Berlin and is the product of sketches and collages he made from photos taken while wandering through Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre. “At the moment, I draw a lot of influence from different areas of London,” he says. “[The centre] was eventually knocked down this year, but for around five years it has been caught in a form of limbo, not yet destroyed, but the shops and people have been evacuated out of the building. In their place, local South American communities had set up temporary restaurants and shops in this yawning, sixties shopping mall. It was an exciting place to walk around and experience – the sort of place that makes London feel like a real functioning city. In a space like this, time can start to slip and collapse and can contain a strange psychology that I think painting is the perfect medium in which to explore.”

This month will also see Goss’s work in a group show at Massimo De Carlo gallery, before solo shows in Los Angeles and Scotland moving into next year.

About the champion

The Wick - Simon Martin - Artistic Director of The Pallant House Gallery photographed by Alun Callender

Curator, writer and art historian, Simon Martin is approaching his twentieth year at Pallant House Gallery where he’s responsible for its collection of Modern British and contemporary art. He started the day after handing in his thesis at The Courtauld Institute of Art. He is also a trustee of the Charleston Trust and on the Fabric Advisory Committee of Chichester Cathedral and the Courtauld Association Committee. His latest book, Drawn to Nature: Gilbert White and the Artists, comes out in autumn.

Portrait by Alun Callendar.

“It was his impressive 2017 exhibition ‘De Ramp’ at Josh Lilley Gallery that really brought his work to my attention.”

Place of Birth

Bristol, UK

Education

BA at Slade School of Fine Art and postgraduate diploma at Royal Academy Schools

Current exhibitions

‘Margaritas at the Mall’, CFA Berlin and ‘Masterpieces in Miniature: The 2021 Model Art Gallery’, Pallant House Gallery

Spiritual guides, Mentors

My wife Izzy

Advice

Keep working on new projects, don’t look back and turn off your phone!

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