Nick Orsborn



Born in London in 1948, he studied Fine Art at Kingston and Reigate Colleges of Art and has lived and worked in Brighton since 1970. In June 2020 he moved permanently to Worthing. Largely self-taught in the use of watercolour, it has been his medium of choice for the past 50 years. His work has been widely exhibited in the UK and fine art poster images of his watercolours have been distributed and sold worldwide over the past four decades. His figurative paintings are very concerned with expressing the joy of life, not its darker aspects, often from a perspective of humour and gentle irony. In 2007 he was elected a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours and he exhibits annually at The Mall Galleries, London.

In 1973 he co-founded Cicada Jewellery, designing, making and selling a range of resin earrings, brooches and necklaces. For over ten years these were retailed from his gallery in Brighton and successfully wholesaled worldwide. Production ceased during the nineties but was resumed by Nick in 2003 and he now devotes about a third of his working time to designing and making resin jewellery, which he regards as completely complementary to his painting. Each activity supports and enhances the other.