Born in 1955, Nicholas Hely Hutchinson studied at St. Martins School of Art and Bristol Polytechnic (Fine Art).
Since his first one-man exhibition in 1984 Nicholas has exhibited consistently in London, Dublin and Hong Kong. His paintings have increasingly become more in demand and now feature in many private and corporate collections.
He has been represented by the Portland Gallery since 1997. A range of cards and posters featuring his work have been published by the Art Group, The Canns Down Press, The Almanac Gallery and Paperlink.
Nicholas has two grown-up children, and lives with his wife, and two lurchers in Dorset. He gets much of his inspiration from the surrounding countryside and the coast. He also travels to some of his favourite places to paint – particularly Venice, Paris, the West of Ireland and Cornwall.
“I wake-up most mornings thinking about painting. Usually it is something that I have seen the day before….A long straight sunlit road, lined with telegraph poles…A sparrow hawk flips over the hedge…These are possible elements for a picture.
I am lucky to live in the middle of rural Dorset, not too far from the sea. The seasons and the constantly changing moods of the countryside are my inspiration. From large dramatic landscapes, where people and animals seem small under the passing clouds, to smaller things…A bird in a cold winter sky…This is what makes me want to paint… Moments of heartbreaking beauty, moments that take your breath away.”