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Nigel Proud



Art Style

Art Style

Realistic but with a painterly effect



Nigel Proud is a self-taught pastel and charcoal portrait artist based in Shepley, Yorkshire. He has been successfully painting portraits of pets and people for 6 years in a style he describes as realism.

He has drawn inspiration from John Singer Sargent, William-Adolphe Bouguereau and Cuong Nguyen for people portraits, whilst adopting his own unique style for pets.

He organised a weekly Zoom Group during the Coronavirus Lockdown, setting challenges to help fellow artists from Shelley Art Group engage and stay motivated.

Nigel greatly admires the work of the NHS in these exceptional times, producing eight portraits for the `Portraits for NHS Heroes initiative’. He has also produced a `Heroes of Shepley Collection’ – gifting five free portraits to people who have kept his village going throughout the pandemic.

Following a brush with cancer in his younger days, Nigel is a passionate supporter of `The Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust’, donating some of the profit from his paintings to help raise funds for this extremely worthwhile cause (


Nigel aspires to be an artist who passes on his experience to help others on their artistic journey. He encourages and thrives on feedback, knowing that he is always learning from life and other artists.


Education History

I am a self taught artist


Member of

I am a member of Huddersfield Art society


Awards and Trophies

In 2016 I won an award for `Best Picture By A First Time Exhibitor’ for a portrait of my father titled `Terence Edward Proud’.

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