Nick Rendall is a highly distinctive artist as he creates works solely with the use of a black pen. The complex patterns of his black and white illustrations draw us seductively into the worlds of myth, legends, dreams and fantasies which he conjures up so vividly.
His publication, A Book By Nick, was launched at the Osborne Studio Gallery in Motcomb Street.
Its charming handwritten poetry is enhanced with delightful illustrations and it contains highly sensitive and often romantic thoughts and ideas which flow from his stream of consciousness.
His father, the former Social Editor of Hello! and a friend of The Datebook since its inception, John Rendall, gave a short speech and said how proud he was of what his son had achieved. Judging both by the standard of the work and by the encouraging number of sales, his confidence was wholly justified.
Some of Nick’s drawings are on an amazing scale. The most stunning creation is the vast The Forgotten Realm, for which he created his own mythology and which is illustrated in fascinating detail. The sheer scale of this work is just amazing. Yggdrasil or World Tree, is also sizeable as is his highly imaginative rendering of the nine worlds of the Norse myths. These and works such as Astral Plain and Vision, which contain similar conceits, indicate to me that Nick would be an excellent designer of film sets such as those for the science-fiction films or medieval fantasy series which are currently so popular. Comparing these with his first such landscape illustration, Lost Valley, shows his progress as an illustrator.
The seemingly impenetrable vortexes in works such as Obsession, Possession and Centrifuge reminded me of paintings by Bridget Riley but these are wholly original. His rendering of flowers and trees is especially striking; they flow organically from the pen of a young artist who, as this show clearly proves, has a fascinating future ahead of him.