I first met Nicholas when he was an anarcho dandyist; the rest is history. Please RSVP if you wish to attend.
A graduate of the Royal Academy Schools, Nicholas Jolly first attracted media attention after being included in the ‘Ten Young Painters of Promise’ exhibition in 1985 and holding his first solo show at the Paton Gallery in 1991, from which one of his paintings was acquired for the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
In 1994 Jolly spent 8 months painting in Connecticut, USA, on the Susan Kasen Summer Scholarship, culminating in his taking part in The Bridge Show, New York, and an exhibition of the The Kasen Summer Collection in Glasgow and London in 1994.
Over the past thirty five years he has exhibited in Europe, the U.S, Japan and the UK and has received various awards and prizes including two Pollock-Krasner Foundation awards (1995 and 2009), two prizes in the Osaka Triennale, Japan (1996 and 2001), a Gottlieb Foundation Award (2010), and has been nominated for the Premio Marco exhibition at the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Monterrey, Mexico. His work is represented in public and private collections across the world, including those of Terry Gilliam, Noel Fielding, Nick Lowe and Graham Linehan.
In 1999 with the intention of taking a brief sabbatical from painting, Jolly (under the alter-ego of Vic Darkwood) co-founded The Chap magazine – an anarcho-dandyist periodical for the decadent gentleman. The unexpected cult success of the magazine led to him dedicating the next five years to the magazine as well as co-writing four spin-off Chap books and a further two solo volumes.
Now back working in the studio full-time, Jolly has returned to producing unsettling paintings partially derived from his disaffected Catholic upbringing and the constricting structures of society.