Nick Cuthell is a New Zealand artist who lives and works both in the UK and New Zealand. His figurative works explore contemporary concerns through traditional media.
Cuthell studied Philosophy and English at university in New Zealand before pursuing fine art studies overseas in the US and Italy. His atelier training can be seen in his technically accomplished works; Cuthell paints portraits, landscapes and still lifes. His work is characterised by skilled brushwork, harmonious colours and a sensitivity to the composition of the scene.
Cuthell’s figurative portraits are representational, but they also demonstrate an essential quality for any portraitist: the ability to capture emotional depth and complexity in the subject. Cuthell’s work ranges from portraits to landscapes; he works primarily in oils on canvas or linen, but he also creates drawings in charcoal and pencil. His style is characterised by his distinctive, gestural brushstrokes and his manipulation of light and shadow.
A renowned portraitist
Cuthell has exhibited widely in his native New Zealand and overseas, in the UK and in France. He has received many noteworthy commissions, such as painting Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for the New Zealand Portrait Gallery and painting the cast of the film ‘The Hobbit’ for Sir Peter Jackson. Cuthell’s work is held in private and public collections in the UK, the US, New Zealand and Switzerland.