1 – 15 Jul: Contrasting Approaches

Figuration as a vehicle for colour and shape compositions is the theme of this exhibition of work by Nick Hais and Jill Mirza at the gallery from 1 – 15 July.

Nick Hais Blue and Orange Chair

Nick Hais – Blue and Orange Chair

Jill Mirza - Hydra Headland

Jill Mirza – Hydra Headland

Contrasting Approaches

Piet Mondrian said “Every true artist has been inspired more by the beauty of lines and colour and the relationships between them than by the concrete subject of the picture.” Nick Hais paints with this in mind. He enjoys the brilliance of light which creates living shadows and he uses this quality as it relates to objects and scenes which display inherent geometries. Relationships between colours, shapes and edges form precise rhythms and balances which develop into structured pictorial compositions.

Jill Mirza’s paintings are figurative explorations of the world about her. Responding to the excitement of the visual world, the play of light on buildings, the intensity of shadows, the brashness of man-made objects and the way people integrate with their surroundings, Jill’s paintings are colour narratives of human presence. She believes, as Paul Cezanne said -“To paint is not to copy the object slavishly, it is to grasp a harmony among many relationships.”


Both Jill and Nick have exhibited their paintings since the mid-1970s. Together they ran an art gallery ‘The Alpha Gallery’ in Swanage for many years. At that time their book ‘Mix your own Acrylics’ was published and Jill wrote articles for fine art magazines. Jill Mirza studied painting at Camberwell School of Art and at The Royal Academy Schools. Nick Hais graduated from Newcastle Art College with a 1st Class Dip.A.D. They both exhibit regularly in galleries and Art Fairs.


www.jillmirza.co.uk    www.nickhais.com


Exhibition opening hours

Daily  10.30 am – 5.30 pm (except 10th July)

Closed all day  Monday 10th July

Private view  on Saturday 1st July 2017                6.00 pm – 9.00 pm