Bobby Nixon is an artist from Scotland based in Yorkshire. His work explores dark and hidden aspects of the human condition through painting, drawing and printmaking.
What drives your passion – when did you know that art is what you wanted to do?
I realised that this was a path I wanted to take whilst at art school as being given the freedom to explore my ideas in a serious manner satisfied me. I’m driven by the chance encounters involved in making work and by a need to visualise deeper ideas.
How did you get where you are now in your career?
I graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 2010, since then I have moved around, eventually settling in West Yorkshire where I’ve been focused on developing my work.
What do you make and what are the ideas behind what you make?
The work I make explores dark and unconscious aspects of the human condition through painting, drawing and printmaking.
What inspires you?
Recently I have been looking at Dore’s illustrations for Dante’s Divine Comedy. The strength and power of the imagery is a big inspiration as to how I have been approaching my work.
Where do you work? What is your average working day?
I work from my studio at home. Usually, I start the day making some drawings and having a fresh look at what I’m working on. I’ll then spend the rest of the day painting.
What are you working on now?
I’m working on some paintings for the Bonkers Contemporary show in October. Previously I had been working on a much smaller scale so I have enjoyed seeing my imagery emerge in a larger format.
In what way does being Scottish/being in Scotland influence your work?
Being born and brought up in Scotland and then moving away has allowed me to reflect on unique atmospheres and memories of places and people in Scotland. My work isn’t necessarily about Scotland, however, aspects of Scottish culture and art have influenced my work.
Bonkers Contemporary 2017 opens on 5 October at The Biscuit Factory in Edinburgh. http://www.bonkerscontemporary.co.uk