Born in 1987 Jay Niblock is a self-taught artist born and working in Belfast, Northern Ireland. After graduating with a Masters degree in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, he began a career in aerospace engineering. Shortly after this the desire to rekindle a past love of art emerged and reinvigorated his desire to paint.
In his art he uses an array of techniques for paint application and removal in order to convey his emotional response to a subject. This includes cityscapes, portraiture and still life; for each brings their own unique challenge and opportunity to explore and investigate new ways to manipulate paint as a medium.
Each work is an attempt at capturing a moment in time by drawing upon the surrounding mood and atmosphere. Our ever-changing Irish weather can often impose dramatic effects on the environment and is clearly felt in his cityscapes.
Of his urban paintings he adds: “I particularly enjoy the challenge in trying to a capture the dynamics of an urban scene. The interaction between stationary buildings, fast moving traffic and people presents a plethora of information to the human eye. Using tools such as ink brayers, palette knives and general household items I select, delete, extract and modify the information I feel is necessary for the image”.