Nigel Grierson

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The Royal College of Art in London (RCA)

Nigel Grierson studied Graphic Design at Newcastle Polytechnic and later spent five years at the Royal College of Art in London, undertaking an MA in Photography and then an MA in Film. He formed 23 Envelope with his former school friend Vaughan Oliver, in 1980, producing record sleeves and posters for the enigmatic 4AD label. He then went on to direct ‘Lonely is an Eyesore’, a compilation video album of 4AD bands ( The Cocteau Twins, This Mortal Coil, Dead Can Dance etc.).  In the Nineties, Nigel worked freelance with such artists as Tory Amos, Nine Inch Nails and Black. By 1992 he began to concentrate on directing music videos ( David Sylvian, Robert Plant, Lisa Gerrard etc.) and TV commercials both in Europe and America for the likes of Volvo, Waste Management, Co-operative Bank, Seiko and Roma. In the meantime Nigel travelled extensively abroad (India, Mexico, Europe), accumulating a large body of street photography, resulting in the unpublished monograph, “The Theatre of Space”. He has exhibited this work in Japan and America, and has photographs in the V&A collection in London.  In the meantime his early album sleeves under the 23 Envelope banner, have appeared in many international exhibitions and periodicals on the subject and have been acclaimed by the likes of Rick Poyner and Catherine McDermott as among the most important and influential design of the Eighties.  A series from his new and large- scale color project ‘The Transparency of Matter’ was exhibited at The Craig Krull Gallery in Los Angeles, Spring 2007 and at Photo LA the same year, followed by a group show 'Evenly Scattered' at the Klaudia Marr Gallery, Santa Fe, 2009.  A forthcoming book  entitled 'Photographs' is scheduled for release December 2014 with an exhibition/book launch at APT Gallery, Deptford 20th November.

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