An exhibition that offers an 'escape' from the pandemic

Nigel Gilbert with some of his drawings.
Nigel Gilbert with some of his drawings. / J. Rhodes
  • Nigel Gilbert is showing his latest work at the Bio Beach Club restaurant and gallery in El Morche until 28 October

Architect and illustrator Nigel Gilbert is holding an exhibition of his work at the Bio Beach Club restaurant and gallery in El Morche until 28 October.

The exhibition, Escape, is a collection of 30 line drawings, filled with pastel colours.

Nigel, 74, explains that his inspiration comes from "observing people" and "capturing unguarded moments".

"My style is influenced by comics, panels and Japanese woodcuts. Ink line and wash are used to set down shapes, tones and textures," he told SUR in English.

This is the second exhibition that Nigel has had since moving to Torrox Costa just over a year ago with his wife, Susie. The previous exhibition took place in November 2019 at La Vaquería in Benamargosa.

Before moving to Spain, Nigel worked both as an architect and illustrator in England and Wales. He also taught architecture in Manchester and Liverpool.

Originally from Wolverhampton, Nigel moved to Newcastle to train as an architect, before living in Chester and then North Wales.

Some of his work as a freelance architect includes projects for the London docklands at Ebsfleet. In terms of his illustration work, Nigel highlights an exhibition at the National Waterfront Museum in Swansea, which used his watercolour paintings; as well as drawings which tell the history of the key in front of Conwy Castle in Wales.

He has had exhibitions at the Mall and Anise Galleries in London, as well as the National Waterfront Museum, the Oriel Ynyws Mon and the Royal Cambrian Academy, all of which are in Wales.

While Nigel says he is enjoying life in the area, he admits the timing of their move wasn't ideal due to the coronavirus pandemic; he says, however, that in terms of his work, the lockdown "was very productive".

Susie and Nigel have been renting an apartment and are in the process of buying a house in Torrox Pueblo. "One of the requirements was a studio for me and a space for Susie to work as she makes jewellery."

Nigel said, "I am now hoping to find my feet in the artistic community here."