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 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, Jean Louis Murat, Lisa Gerrard etc.) and TV commercials both in Europe and America. During the same period, Nigel travelled extensively abroad (India, Central America and Europe), accumulating a large body of street photography. 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 and have been acclaimed by the likes of Rick Poyner and Catherine McDermott as among the most important and influential design of the Eighties. Around 2000, Grierson began to concentrate full time on his own fine art photography. A series from his 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. An overview of his work was published in a monograph entitled 'Photographs' (Dewi Lewis Publishing) in December 2014, along with a one man exhibition at APT Gallery in London.
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