Nadeem Chughtai was born in 1973 in South London and studied at the Epsom School of Art and Design. He has been selling his artwork since he was fifteen, when he promised to produce hand drawn posters in exchange for free membership to his local squash club.
After finishing school, he became apprentice to Steve Mitchell, a renowned film set designer, assisting in the production of scenery backdrops for several feature films. While still working in the film industry, in 2003 Nadeem opened his own studio space. In 2005 he started working full-time as an independent painter and since then he has exhibited his work in many group and solo exhibitions all across the United Kingdom.
Most of Nadeem’s artworks feature an emotional but faceless character called the Nowhere Man, whose creation was influenced by miniature scale figures from the architectural drawings he used to see on film sets. His main inspiration is everyday life and his own thoughts and experiences, but he prefers to keep his paintings’ meaning quite mysterious and open to individual interpretation. Nadeem likes to play with lights and shadows, and to create different moods and atmosphere through them. The artist stated that the "eerie images" by Edward Hopper were a big source of inspiration for him.
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