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Nicholas Borden’s Recent Paintings

December 14, 2016
by the gentle author

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Any eagle-eyed readers who have been sitting on the top deck of a number 8 bus going through Bethnal Green in the last few days may have spotted Nicholas Borden standing at his easel upon the steps of St John working on this painting of the crossing outside the Salmon & Ball.

Three years have passed since I first met Nicholas painting at his easel on the corner of Vallance Rd in a blizzard and he is still working on the street most days, even if he has managed to find a more sheltered location beneath the portico of Sir John Soane’s church.

When we had the cold snap recently, Nicholas painted the view from his kitchen window that you see below but otherwise – blessed with the constitution of a fisherman – he can reliably discovered at his easel upon the London street in all weathers.

To keep up to date with Nicholas Borden’s work follow him on Instagram/nicholas1_borden

Nicholas Borden at work under the portico of St John on Bethnal Green

View from Nicholas’ flat in Cassland Crescent, Hackney

River Lea

Regent’s Canal

Near Victoria Park

Lake at Victoria Park

Wilton Way, Hackney

At St Paul’s Cathedral

East End Terrace

Paintings copyright © Nicholas Borden

You may like to take a look at more of Nicholas Borden’s work

Nicholas Borden’s East End View

Nicholas Borden’s Winter Paintings

Nicholas Borden’s Spring Paintings

Nicholas Borden, Artist

Nicholas Borden’s New Paintings
13 Responses leave one →
  1. December 14, 2016

    Wonderful paintings, so much detail to see, he really captures the spirit of the places he paints. Valerie

  2. December 14, 2016

    What a lovely treat to wake up and see these paintings on such a dreary December day. I particularly get a frisson from East End Terrace and Regents Canal. Also like the way you handle greens, Nicholas- very difficult to mix and you have hit key notes spot on! Don’t know how you stand the cold though!

  3. December 14, 2016

    Nicholas pays attention to detail and is so versatile structures, brickwork and foliage is superb, not too loose. He doesn’t need to change direction art wise, unless he is in the ‘red’. John

  4. December 14, 2016

    Love ’em all Nicholas. Rain suits you!

  5. rosemaryHoffman permalink
    December 14, 2016

    brings back memories ! Especially of Springfield Park on some holidays where the youth gathered there

  6. Helen Breen permalink
    December 14, 2016

    Greetings from Boston,

    Wow, these are great paintings. So full of life! I particularly enjoyed the ones of Regent’s Canal and St. Paul’s Cathedral. GA, thanks for sharing….

  7. Carolyn Badcock permalink
    December 14, 2016

    Brilliant work! I simply love the reflections on the wet pavement outside St Paul’s Cathedral.

    Thank-you, gentle author…..again.

  8. December 14, 2016

    What an amazing discovery…….yes, another one. I know of a kindred American artist, Ron
    Donough, who has done a series of plein air paintings of Pittsburgh — and both artists have a lavish approach to brushwork and the innate ability to capture their surroundings and then add
    that “extra” spark. The locations are familiar, true, but the artist’s touch makes us “notice” in a way that totally renews and refreshes our vision. I salute Nicholas and his intrepid dedication — with incredible results. Bravo.

  9. Ros permalink
    December 14, 2016

    I do like these paintings, all of them.

  10. December 14, 2016

    A very special kind of Art. Love it!

    Love & Peace

  11. David Buckman permalink
    December 14, 2016

    More wonderful pictures, typically full of life.

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  13. Shaun Peters permalink
    December 14, 2016

    Something of a similar quality of Frank Auerbach or Dennis Creffield; a relentlessly moving London.

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