Nicholas Poullis – Biography


Nicholas Poullis artist

Nicholas Poullis artist

Nicholas Poullis has been a professional artist for over twenty years since gaining a BA(Hons) illustration from Anglia Polytechnic University, Cambridge. He is a previous Baker Tilly Award winner at the Royal Watercolour Society, where he has often shown his work. He specialises in painting various subject matter including architecture, landscape and marine with pure watercolour techniques and works directly from his chosen subject.

He has exhibited in a number of the London Societies including the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours, the Royal Society of British Artists, the Sunday Times Watercolour competition and the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists.

In 2014 he was honoured with a solo exhibition at The Royal Automobile Club, PallMall.

Nicholas has work included in the collections of St Johns College, Cambridge University, Baker Tilly Chartered accountants, senior officers of the Royal Air Force, The Royal Automobile Club and many private collections.

Nicholas illustrated the award winning children’s book The Voyage of the Arctic Tern published by Walker books in the UK, USA and Australia. Nicholas co-authored and illustrated Contemporary Watercolors, published Walter Foster 2012. He has also published popular books on the Languedoc including “Dans les Rues de Pezenas” and “De Saint Guilhem le Desert a Pezenas”.

He has written regularly for The Artist magazine for over ten years.

Nicholas moved to the Languedoc region of southern France in 2003. Since then he has become well established in France and has held successful exhibitions and run popular art courses.





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Mike Chaplin RWS

TVs watercolour Challenge

Nicks Watercolours delight and inspire.

Dr Sally Bulgin

Publisher The Artist

Nicholas’s thoughtful engagement with the processes of watercolour goes beyond the mastering of the inherently challenging techniques of this medium. He has a refreshingly broad view of the possibilities of watercolour and whilst he doesn’t claim that the medium is easy, he produces light-filled compositions that are fresh and expressive, and easily capture the atmosphere of the scene or place.

Professor Ken Howard

OBE Royal Academician

Watercolour painting is like playing a single beautiful instrument, whereas painting in oils is like conducting an orchestra. Nicholas has tuned his instrument to express the beauty of nature to a rare degree. "Leave out but never add" was the cry of John Sell Cotman, one of Britain's finest watercolourists, and this is exemplified in Nicholas’s work.

David Curtis. ROI. RSMA

Nicholas’s paintings exude a wonderfully fresh and vibrant feel, with some innovative and daring compositions. There is a crispness in the execution of those controlled washes with a splendid sense of clarity and colour harmony. Pure watercolour practised in the most capable hands can appear deceptively simple to the observers eye, but in fact is the culmination of a life times careful observation and much experimentation with the media. Nicholas’s formidable works demonstrate an artist at the peak of his creative powers

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