Nicholas Barnham was born in Norfolk, and has lived and worked here for over 35 years. He studied at Norwich School of Art, and has taught art in schools and as a part-time lecturer at Cambridge College of Art. In 1977 he was nominated for associate membership of the Royal Academy. Since 1980 he has devoted his time to painting, working in both Norfolk and Shetland.
He has an impressive list of one-man exhibitions in this country and abroad, and has work in the private collections of many eminent people.
His distinctive paintings of boats, harbours and the sea, and of trees in landscape will be recognised by many for their graphic clarity of design and colour. Nicholas draws as though he were trying to unravel the construction of his subjects, whilst his paintings in watercolour reveal assurance in the way that this most difficult of mediums will flow and react. His way of seeing translates readily into linocut, with which he has made many fine prints.