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Inspired by the mundane every-day, Ben Nicholson found beauty in routine and normality, turning basic household objects into inspired abstract works.

The exhibition follows Ben Nicholson’s journey from still-life artist to master of abstraction, charting how his artistic style developed as a result of depicting humble household items. Throughout his career he was consistently inspired by hammers, chisels, cups and spanners and his studio was littered with clutter that was the inspiration for so much art.

Each of his exquisite works was an experiment in making abstract art and the exhibition includes paintings and drawings alongside studio tools and personal possessions, displayed together for the first time.

This exhibition is supported by the Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund.

PaintingPrints & drawingsContemporary artModern artSouth WestArt gallery

Pallant House Gallery

8-9 North Pallant, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 1TJ

01243 774557


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