b. 1979, Born Oldham, UK
Nicholas Byrne’s paintings combine abstract and figurative elements with a strong sensibility for colour and formal harmony. A key part of Byrne’s work is his interest in symbols and forms, with the recurrence of fan-like motifs and geometric shapes, which the artist overlays with areas of colour rendered in different textures. His canvases often reveal a personal symbolism, inherited from modernist performances, and have been compared to the translucent work of the 19th-century Swedish clairvoyant painter and mystic Hilma af Klint (1862–1944).