'Scene From a Contemporary Novel', Nicholas Middleton

Photo realistic painting of a refuse filled back street with a female figure and burnt out car in the foreground

Oil on canvas, 101.5 x 234cm, 2006

Artist's statement

I once had ambitions to be a writer.

However, I soon realised that I was a better painter than I was a novelist.


Nicholas Middleton was born in London in 1975. He studied at London Guildhall University 1993-94 and Winchester School of Art 1994-97. His exhibitions include Defining the Times Milton Keynes Gallery 2000, The Discerning Eye Mall Galleries London 2004 and BP Portrait Award 2004 and 2005 National Portrait Gallery London. He was shortlisted for the BOC Emerging Artist Award in 2002, has shown four times in the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy and was included in John Moores 23 2004 ['Remote bank'].

Visitors' choice

'Scene From a Contemporary Novel' was the Visitors' Choice prizewinner in John Moores 24.