Studio:  49 Kiriwai Road, Paremata
Phone:  233 6626

Stuart operates out of his home studio in Paremata, overlooking the Onepoto arm of Porirua harbour, and currently takes most of his inspiration from that harbour and its surroundings.

View Stuart's photo album.

New award thinks outside the art box - story by Kris Dando, Kapi-Mana News April 16 2013 pg 6. Read story.

Boatshed beauty: Stuart Nicol, from Paremata, with the landscape painting he will enter for the inaugural Friends of Pataka Art Award.



He works in oils on canvas to produce realistic landscapes which often include abstracted foregrounds.

Formative training was undertaken at Ilam School of Fine Art in Christchurch in the 1950’s and over the last 10 or so years he has been a pupil of Mary Archibald in Upper Hutt.

He is a life member of the Upper Hutt Art Society and since relocating to Paremata in 2002 he has a heavy involvement with the Mana Arts Society.  His work is exhibited with both of those societies and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Wellington.  His work is also on show at a number of local cafes and shops in the Paremata/Plimmerton area.

Stuart currently tutors drawing and sketching classes for the Mana Arts Society and he believes that good drawing is a prerequisite for good painting.  He feels that design and structure are of paramount importance in setting up a painting, and he spends a good deal of time with preliminary thumbnail sketches of the landscape to work out a satisfactory composition. By the time he gets down to painting he needs to be able to visualize the final work in his head.  After that it is merely a matter of spending the time at the easel.

He has sold many works to local people who like to have a painting of a scene they can relate to.  The Porirua City Council are amongst his customers and he also has work at homes in Arizona and in London.


Here are three of my latest paintings that will appear in the Mana Arts exhibition at Pataka over Easter.  The first is 'Ivey Bay 1' , - oil,- 76 x 51 cm - $500. The second is 'Onepoto Boatsheds'  - oil - 76 x 51 cm - $500.  And the third is 'Ivey Bay 2' - oil - 76 x 51cm - $500.
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