Born in Colchester, Essex, Paul studied at Epsom, Portsmouth and Brighton Colleges of Art with the intention of teaching art.  For 34 years he taught in Cornwall, both as an art teacher and later as Headteacher, before retiring to paint full-time in 2006. Along the way, however, he also exhibited widely, as a painter, draughtsman and maker of constructions. An oil painting of Paul's was purchased in 2005 by the RCM for their collection (PCF).

Paul Nicholls was elected to membership in the NSA in 1975 (Minutes, NSA), and began to exhibit in mixed and solo shows from that time. Exhibitions have followed both in and out of county including County Hall, Truro, the Lander Gallery, Truro, the Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro and with the Churchtown Arts, St Agnes, the latter being where he lives and works currently.

His work is regularly handled by the Lander Gallery, Truro.


1977: NAG: Newlyn in Pont Aven

2007: 'Finding Fan Gogh', Arts Council & Barclays Premiership Prize-winner

2009: Jack's Cows Project, Hall for Cornwall, Truro Participant

2010: 'Big Picture' Truro Arts Week exhibitor

2011: Mixed exhibition: 'Passmore's Parish', Mithian Institute 27May- 5 June

2017: Imagine Falmouth, Falmouth Art Gallery (11 Nov-20 Jan)

2019: Imagine Falmouth, Falmouth Art Gallery (23 Nov-18 Jan)


NSA 1975-1995; 2009 list

misc further info


Hardie (1995) 100 Years in Newlyn/Diary of a Gallery

Exhibition notes (2011) Summer exhibition, Lander Gallery, Truro

NSA (1999-2000) Drawing towards the End of the Century

Public Catalogue Foundation (2007) Oil Paintings in Public Ownership, Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly

Who's Who in Art 31st, 32nd editions (2006), (2008)