Painter Nigel Cox’s minimalist style has won him celebrity fans including legendary dancer Carlos Acosta. Now he opens a new show in St James’s about our obliviousness to the world around us…

Nigel Cox, who lives and works in Camberwell, is an artist who is no stranger to barren landscapes and challenging adventures: he took part in the first circumnavigation of the globe along the Greenwich Meridian via land, sea and ice with Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE, who also commissioned him to him to do the only portrait to date of the explorer.

Nigel Cox

Met•a•phor, Nigel Cox

In his new show Oblivious, which opens on 12 November, Nigel references the subjects and our own frequent obliviousness to the world around us. He often paints his figures from a viewpoint where no face is visible and portrays them against a vague, vast, empty landscape. It’s a deliberate move – one that is designed to focus the full attention on the figure. A painter who works primarily in oil on linen, Cox’s pictures are created by building up thin layers of precise paint, which develops a depth and detail to the work. 

The show opens on 12 November with an open preview that will support the Terence Higgins Trust. A limited edition of two specially selected prints, Flash and Spiderman will be released on the night, with all proceeds of the price (£150) going to the Trust.

The exhibition runs until 22 November, 11am-7pm every day at Gallery 8, 8 Duke Street, St James’s SW1Y 6BN;