RICHARD NIE (1954, ENGLAND)
Richard Nie was born in England in 1954. After leaving secondary school he worked in an office and he embarked on a series of part-time jobs. As a young adult he began to suffer from serious depression and rarely left the family home, spending his nights drawing and playing the guitar, and his days sleeping.
Low in self-esteem he destroyed much of his artwork.
In a letter of 1998 he referred to drawing having been a “private language between myself and the pictures’; despite his misgivings about other people eavesdropping on this, he has accepted showing his more “finished” work, while keeping many smaller drawings “in a much more ragged; RAW; unfinished state” as a way of “compensating for all the drawings I have let go of”. The subjects are heads, figures or faces emerging from some kind of automatic-calligraphy.
He was included in the 2001 exhibition Obsessive Visions: Art Outside the Mainstream at England & Co, and in 2008, he was one of the artists chosen for the major exhibition of British Outsider Art at Musée La Halle Saint Pierre in Paris. His work is represented in private and public collections including the Musgrave Kinley Outsider Art Collection at the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester.