Nicholas Hely Hutchinson


Those who remember my Stuck-in-a-Book’s Oxford Tour, back in July 2007 (goodness! what a long time ago) might recall this post and Arcadia, my favourite shop in Oxford. Some secondhand books, lots of lovely gifts and wrapping paper and cards, I go whenever a birthday is coming. Occasionally I’ll buy a card just because I love it, and want to have it on my desk. That was how I discovered Nicholas Hely Hutchinson.
He creates beautiful portrayals of nature – sloping and sliding and seemingly on a pivot, as it were. Rather than a straight landscape, the pictures then feel alive (though not frenetic); humourous, without losing a reverence for beauty. I’ll keep quiet, and show you some examples. (I hope I’m allowed to do that! I’ll remove them if I need to… but since I hope this leads people to buy prints or even paintings, it might be in his favour…)


Do go to his website – I’ve just been for the first time, and it has a slideshow of his paintings. I may be a little in love with them. They’re what the art world would term ‘affordable’, but at the moment I’d need them to be under £10 to qualify. Even so, I’m horribly tempted…

9 thoughts on “Nicholas Hely Hutchinson

  • November 12, 2008 at 9:15 am
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    I discovered him a few years ago and love his work. I’ve had only cards up to now (been given and sent several) but covet the real thing!

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  • November 12, 2008 at 12:51 pm
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    Did you know that Jake and Nicholas’s son Seamus shared a house in Exeter last year? I discovered him through that connection…

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  • November 12, 2008 at 6:08 pm
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    Lovely, I’ll go and admire them on his website, and I’ll certainly buy some cards if I see them – thanks.

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  • November 12, 2008 at 6:12 pm
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    Rats – I went and looked. Oh, I so badly want the one called Autumn Evening….

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  • November 12, 2008 at 10:23 pm
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    These really are beautiful. I adore the last one …. but then I love every picture I see of Venice

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  • November 13, 2008 at 1:38 am
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    What great pictures. The one of the woman by the window is one that strikes me the most. I occasionally like to buy cards too and either frame them or stick them by my desk. It’s a cheap collectors method until we can afford them!

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  • November 13, 2008 at 6:38 pm
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    Oh my word – what have you done to me? I love some of these pictures and found myself seriously working out where I could get funding from. Like sell things, ask for money for Christmas, sell more things, beg…

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  • November 13, 2008 at 6:41 pm
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    Thank you. I loved seeing his work. I like the animal ones best.

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