As an artist I have been moved by many things about Nicky - his lightness of touch,
his perceptive observation of things visible and invisible - but most of all it is
his great love of the sheer craft of image-making that inspires me.
Nicky's work for years now, and am still often caught unawares by the playful
surprises that leap out of his images every time I look at them. Ever since he
and I collaborated on a large painting for the People Tree façade, I have been
drawn to the dark skinned fruit sellers and skinny cyclists, wandering animals
and cavorting children, colourful rickshaws and collapsing motorcars, crooked
streets and bustling melas that populate the magical world he creates and
recreates with such felicity.
Nicky is one of the 'seniors' of People Tree - a quiet but pervading influence
on those who have come later. From the earliest days he has been a vital factor in
our collective attempts at working out alternative art practise, alternative
lifestyle and much else. At every stage of the journey he has been a fellow
traveler, opting for a different route sometimes, but headed for the same