Iain Nicholls was born, lives and works in Darfield near Barnsley in South Yorkshire. Nicholls’ paintings are inspired by landscapes, cycle routes and journeys near his home. He worksfrom photographs taken on these journeys, which purposefully contain sparse information, allowing more space for the imagination once back in the studio, where memory and familiarity also come into play. The painting itself, like an abstract painting, is of equal import as the subject. Nicholls studied painting at Chelsea School of Art and the Royal College of Art.