Nicholas Stedman was born in Portsmouth in the United Kingdom. He decided to become a painter at a very early age and had the good fortune to have at his secondary school, “Christs Hospital” the inspirational and charismatic painter Nell Todd as arts teacher and it was she who first suggested that he used gouache paints. After using gouache first to paint paintings of moths and the Sussex countryside, in particular the hop fields around Bodium, he exhibited his first works at Kettles Yard and King’s College Cambridge when an undergraduate at the university. After completing his studies (as a biochemist) he decided that the only way to become a painter was to escape to Paris where he lived from 1980 to 2004. After studying life drawing for three years in the ateliers des beaux-arts de la ville de paris in the place des vosges he went on to study painting techniques in the studio of Nicolas Wacker at the ecole des beaux arts and later for two years joined the class of Zao Wou-Ki at the ecole nationale supérieure des arts décoratifs. He also spent a year in Rome at the academia di belle arti. In 2004 he started to make regular visits to Sicily and became a resident first in Siracusa in 2011 and now in Palermo. Despite painting manly oil and acrylic works of the moving human figure, Nicholas Stedman has continued to produce goache paintings on paper and these are shown on this website. Nicholas Stedman has regularly exhibited his work mainly in France where he has had numerous solo exhibitions and has also shown his work in the UK, Germany and Italy. More details about his other work can be seen on the main website at .