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David Nicholls was born in Northampton in 1948. He studied art at Northampton

School of Art and also privately with Henry Bird, the noted mural painter (1908 –

2000). Subsequently he studied Fine Arts at the Ruskin School of Drawing and

Fine Art at Oxford University, where he specialized in drawing and painting the

human figure. Having developed a facility for anatomical drawing, he was taken

on as Museum Artist at Oxford University Museum of Natural History in 1978,

where he worked for 19 years, undertaking biological illustration, model making,

publication design and display work. During this time he became heavily involved

in calligraphy and lettering, and was instrumental in the setting up of Oxford

Scribes in 1984, and organised their monthly workshop programme for the next 13

years, as well as executing calligraphic commissions for various Oxford colleges

and institutions.

In 1997 he moved to Kent where he now teaches drawing, painting, sculpture and

calligraphy in adult education at various locations throughout the county as well

as regular residential courses elsewhere.

  In 1998 he became more involved in sculpture and has worked mainly in this

medium since then, exhibiting widely and winning various awards at Goldsmith’s

Craftsmanship and Design Awards in 2008, 2009 and 2010 for his medal designs.

 

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