Clark Nicol studied painting at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee under Alberto Morrocco and Jack Knox, during which time he was a prize winner in the Scottish Open Art Competition at Arbroath in 1971, while he was a resident artist at Hospitalfield House.
After a post-graduate award (Highly Commended) in 1973 he moved to London where he taught art while continuing to paint. Moving to Nottingham in the 1980s his work began to develop its characteristic language of heavily textured paint evoking atmospheric landforms and culminating in a highly successful solo exhibition in Newark on Trent.
Frequent visits to his wife’s family in Devon led to his discovery of Dartmoor, and the North Cornish coast which have since then been a great source of inspiration to him. In 2002 they moved to West Devon with their two children and he has focussed almost exclusively on the local landscape.
“In the winter of 2014/15 while walking along our favourite beach in North Cornwall I realised that I could no longer postpone my return to painting the coast. This obsession began while I was living and painting in Arbroath and it has endured. My work for the past year has been entirely focussed on the North Devon and Cornwall coastline.”
His work is in many private collections and the in Angus Region collection, Forfar, Scotland.