Internationally renowned rock art photographer Nick Elliott, has transcended a desirable reputation for producing powerful iconic pieces of photographic art in his own inimitable avant-garde style.
Nick successful vocational journey started in editorial and advertising photography. He was sought after and commissioned by reputable London fashion and advertising agencies including Saatchi & Saatchi, TBWA, Yellowhammer, O & M, Young and Rubicon, GGT, Carlson Direct, MSBK, Publicis, Coca-Cola, British Telecom, British Airways, Walt Disney, Lloyds TSB, Sheraton hotels and Jaguar.
Nicks photographic artwork has earned him several prestigious awards. Recognitions include 3rd placement in the Euro Best Advertising Awards 1990, and an eminent award for images produced for the 1992 Liberal Democrat General Election Campaign.
Nick has devoted his artistic and creative talent to specialising in the music industry, photographing some of the most iconic music artists in the business. For 11 years, Nick enjoyed the position of official rock photographer for both Planet Rock Radio and The O2 arena London. He had the privilege to work with over 300 mainstream music artists and rock bands, including Motörhead, Metallica, ZZ Top, Debbie Harry, Ozzy Osbourne, The Who, Def Leppard, The Rolling Stones, Iron Maiden, Robert Plant, and Earl Slick. Nick’s images have been extensively published in many well respected music publications including Classic Rock, Get Rhythm, Kerrang, Sound and Fatea magazines. Music agencies Darla FR, Music Pictures and Wire Images have also procured Nick’s art for national tabloid publications. His images have frequently been featured on album artwork and published extensively across the media for over 35 years. Nick’s creations are in high demand as Limited edition bespoke fine art originals and prints. They continue to be exhibited in galleries across UK, Europe and USA.
In June 2015, a worlds first exhibition, ‘Size Matters’ held at Cholmondely Castle Cheshire, hosted a unique collection of Nick’s oversized rock images. It was visited by over 75,000 people, and viewed online by 1.5 million people worldwide. It continues to be critically acclaimed by media and TV as a resounding successful worlds first. Nick has produced numerous fine art coffee table books crammed with hundreds of breathtaking rock images that continue to be a source of influential reference for the rock industry.
Nick’s debut book ‘TEN’, a decade in images, was released in 2011. Further publications from Elliott studios followed with ‘50 Folk’ (2014), celebrating 50 years of the legendary Cambridge folk festival, ‘Three Weeks One Summer’ (2015) a pictorial documentation of The Marmalade, and ‘Ice Cream And Suncream’ (2016) dedicated to Nick’s late father. Nick continues to produce fine art coffee table books for the discerning collector. His individual rockumentary projects with Earl Slick and Ed Graham depict a collection of candid and professional images captured over a period of four years, have been produced into highly sought-after publications. Further publications in Nick’s ongoing rockumentary series continue to be produced.
Nicks professional achievements are in no way limited to the world of still photography. During 2020 Nick began to develop his film creativity and has produced, written and directed several music video videos and film shorts for submission to mainstream film award festivals.
Nick has been involved with many successful radio and podcast productions and can be regularly heard guesting on shows for Endeavour radio FM, Siren FM and CMR Nashville Radio. His own radio show ‘A Night In With Nick Elliott’, has amassed thousands of regular listeners that tune in for the American mellow playlist.
Nicks personally designed apparel range was successfully launched eight years ago, the full range can be found online at www.nickelliott.shop
Nick’s current projects are a step away from the rock music industry. Several conceptional dark art projects, set to amaze and shock its audiences, are a series of pictorial autobiographical fine art images depicting the tormented and ravaged mind of Elliott, inspired by a cascade of personal events that shaped him during a traumatic time in his life. These images will be exhibited in selected galleries worldwide and produced in a XXX explicit fine art publication.
Nick’s genius in the studio and his ability to capture the intensity of the live music performance, makes him one of the worlds most revered rock art photographers of all time. Driven by his incredible passion and the desire to create breathtaking images of the musical artists who have been his inspiration, exposing the very essence of the performers inner most soul in a way that no other can. Nick continues to produce thought-provoking, contemporary collections of photographic fine art that will continue to play a paramount role in photographic history.
DARK ART PROJECTS
LOSS. A raw photographic depiction of Nicks deteriorating emotional and mental state, following the loss of four important people in his life. The death of his mother, father, child and the desertion of his wife. Shot in black and white, these images capture a shocking pictorial event deemed by Nick as the only solution for his pain.
DARK SIDE OF MY MIND. Black and white photographic exploration of the emotions and chaotic thought process of Nick as he considered and planned his own death.
LONELY MAN. Examining the broken pieces of his fractured life. Nick analyses how he allowed himself to be restricted and unfulfilled, emotionally, mentally, physically, and professionally for a large part of his life. A collection of explicit black and white self portraits.
FUCK U. Centred around the enforced dismemberment of Nick’s life, these images capture the rancid stench of a love turned to hatred and anger and his oppressed voice of reason. A collection of explicit and disturbing self portraits.
THE OTHER SIDE. These images open up a chasm of exploration and experimentation, previously oppressed and denied from Nick. A collection of explicit self portraits.
NICK, DELIA AND AMELIA’S BIG DAY OUT. Nick captures the idiosyncrasy of modern day life and its stereotypical behaviours evident in our society that weaken values and morals to create a delusional lifestyle. A collection of explicit surreal self portraits.
All of the above Dark Art projects are a total step away from the rock photography that Nick is renowned for. These projects will be featured as exhibitions across the UK Europe and USA at selected fine art galleries in the near future.
“Through these images, I allowed myself to rediscover the person I used to be. Having been creatively restrained for a large part of my life, I now find myself able to grow and develop my freedom of expression. My conceptional Dark Art projects portray my emotional journey to empowerment and allows me to push the boundaries of my art each day without fear of retribution or oppression. I have a renewed energy and deeper passion for creating my art work“ Nick Elliott.
2 GO MAD IN NORFOLK
Andy Blithe (ATURN FILMS), and Nick have paired up to film a series for TV and social media documenting the pair travelling around Norfolk visiting unique local tourist attractions and clubs. Travelling around in a motorhome called penthouse I and a boat, penthouse II, the boys visit lesser-known attractions that the Norfolk county has to offer. Contains comedy and humour, bringing laughter and mayhem to the locals of Norfolk as they rediscover the modern delights of the county in their naughty exclusive style. Attractions range from fetish clubs, sword fighting and ghost hunting. Ongoing filming around Norfolk produced by Aturn Films.
“This is such an exciting project working with Andy on a TV show, it’s two friends having a lot of fun whilst exploring the wonderful county of Norfolk”. Nick Elliott.
THE STORY SO FAR….
A revealing one hour documentary charting the life of Nick Elliott. Filming on location throughout the UK. Produced and directed by the talented Andy Blithe of Aturn films, recording the unique and enviable life of world-renowned rock art photographer Nick Elliott. Includes interviews and actual footage of Nick working and on tour. In this revealing documentary Nick discusses his childhood, events that have shaped his life and art, his passage into photography, backstage life of the music industry and what drives him to produce some of the most iconic pieces of rock art. A no holds barred in depth recollection of this colourful life. Ongoing filming, to be released on terrestrial TV, Amazon Prime, Netflix and selected cinemas across the UK.
“It’s always a pleasure to work with Andy, he’s such a talented and professional filmmaker and we are really great friends too.” Nick Elliott.
UK TO USA TOUR
An audience with Nick Elliott. The tour will compromise of ticketed theatre shows across several US States at prestigious venues under the guidance of Nicks US Management Company, Workhorse 615. The shows will hear Nick recounting recollections of backstage life, anecdotes, insights from his illustrious Rock Photography career, and his private life that has shaped him into the person he is today. No subject will be taboo, before taking questions from the audience. As part of the tour Nick will also be attending book signings, intimate guest appearances, radio, TV shows and interviews. Andy Blithe (Aturn Films) will accompany Nick to continue the filming of A Story So Far.
“I can’t wait to get back to the USA.” Nick Elliott
NICK ELLIOTTS UK TOUR
Managed by Nicks UK Management Company Django, under the reassuringly professional guidance of Lee Williams. Essentially the same format as the UK to USA tour. Venues across the UK are now being booked since the easing of lockdown. Tours to begin in late 2022. Official tour dates to be released later on in 2021.
“This is really exciting, I’m totally mad for it, it’s always a pleasure to work with Lee” Nick Elliott.
NEW, NICK ELLIOTT EXCLUSIVE PUBLICATIONS
Nick is in the process of producing three more fine art publications. These will be presented as limited edition fine art coffee table books. Containing hundreds of unseen Rock art images from his archival collection. This exclusive American collection of rock images include Alice Cooper, Bon Jovi, Michael Schenker, and Iron Maiden to name a few. The books will be released exclusively in conjunction with Nicks US and UK tours and be personally signed by Nick
“It’s been a great opportunity to visit my rock archive.” Nick Elliott.
NICKS 1st VIRTUAL TOUR
Nicks 1st virtual exhibition will display a large selection of his fine art creations, spanning from unseen rock photography to some of his controversial conceptual dark art images. Selected galleries across the UK are ready to host its first showing before it’s release onto selected Internet platforms. Filmed by Aturn Films. Many of Nicks collectors and new clients will have the unique opportunity to experience many previous unseen works of art displayed in the most innovative way possible
“We are continuing to find ways to bring the creative industry into peoples homes to keep it alive in such times.” Nick Elliott.
Commissioned projects with musician Jon peach and rock band, Dead Reynolds. Nicks documentaries are a pictorial documentation of two new up-and-coming musical performance/song writers, Jon Peach, a unique rock singer from Yarmouth, and the Dead Reynolds, a rock band from Cambridge. The finished images will be compiled into a fine art photography book. Nick has just completed similar projects with Earl Slick and Ed Graham, and production of these publications is underway. The rockumentaries also include the production of commissioned album artwork for the artists new albums.
“Looking forward to moving these projects along now lockdown has been relaxed. They are beginning to grow in content which is very exciting.” Nick Elliott.
MEDIA /PRODUCTION COMPANY. - ‘STICKY WHEN WET MEDIA’
The development of a new media/production company with working partner Andy Blithe (Aturn Films), providing services for corporate organisations and individual commissioned projects. Services will include music videos, adverts, short films, still photography, social media, promos, profiles, documentaries, rockumentaries, and aerial film footage.
“I’m looking forward to the partnership between Andy and I. Our new company is still in the infancy stage at the moment, but I think it will bring some exciting new projects to work on. The dynamics between us are very good which helps to produce excellent results together.” Nick Elliott.
1973. Photographed rock band Trapeze for The Peterborough Evening Telegraph
1975~1979. Editorial photographer for East Midlands Allied Press magazines, Anglian Times, Motorcycle News, and Motorcycle Racing.
1979~1981. Freelance in Editorial Photography, commissioned by Truck Magazine, Car Magazine, Auto Car, and other publishing houses.
1981. Set up own business Nick Elliott Photographic.
1975~1997. Royal and celebrity shoots including HRH The Queen, Princess Anne, Duke of Bedford, Dave ‘boy’ Greene’s British Heavyweight title attempt and Barry Sheene’s win at the world 500cc motorcycle championships.
1971~1975. Editorial photographer for East Midland Allied Press newspapers, The Peterborough Evening Telegraph and The Peterborough Advertiser.
1984~1997. Independently commissioned by London Agencies including, Saatchi & Saatchi, Yellow Hammer, Carlson, Young & Rubicon, GGT, Ogilvy & Mather, MSBK, Publicis. During this period he shot many major above and below-the-line campaigns for blue-chip companies and brands including Jaguar, Marlboro Cigarettes, Coca-Cola, British Airways, Walt Disney, Lloyds TSB Bank, British Telecom and Sheraton Hotels.
1990. Won 3rd in Euro Best Advertising Awards with Publicis campaign titled ‘If you’re not feeling too special’ for Sanatogen.
1991. Commissioned by Commercial Industrial Magazine to shoot Prime Minister, Sir John Major.
1992. Independently commissioned by TBWA to photograph the UK General Election billboard campaign for the Liberal Democrats, depicting the message ‘Light at the end of the tunnel’.
1997~present. After Elliott’s continued work in the music photography, he became increasingly in demand and went on to specialise in that area.
2007~2016. Commissioned as official photographer for Planet Rock Radio Station.
2009. ‘Gods Of Rock’ exhibition, Willows Gallery Halstead Essex, featuring Lemmy, Roger Daltry, Ozzy Osbourne, Robert Plant, and Alice Cooper.
2009. ‘Guitar Heroes’ exhibition, Mandells Gallery Norwich Norfolk, featuring Nils Lofgren, Gary Moore, Kerry King, Zac Wile, and Doug Aldridge.
2010. ‘Blues Brothers’ exhibition, Doric Arts Norfolk, featuring Jools Holland, Joe Bonamassa, Seasick Steve, Van Morrison, and John Maile.
2010. ‘Celtic Queens’ exhibition, Storm Fine Art Gallery, Norfolk, featuring Hazel O’Connor, Kerry’s Mathews, Cara Dylan, Karine Polwart, and Eddi Reader.
2010. ‘Gods Of Rock’ exhibition, Studio Gallery Henley-on-Thames.
2010. ‘Gods Of Rock’ exhibition, Mandells Gallery, Norwich, Norfolk.
2010. ‘JustThis Side Of Sane’ exhibition, J Gallery Northamptonshire, featuring various music artists including Joan Jet and Robert Plant.
2010. Commissioned to shoot the Country Music Association (CMA) Awards in Nashville Tennessee USA.
2010. Commissioned as official photographer for The O2 Arena, London.
2011. ‘Here Come The Boys’ exhibition, Gallery At The Dome, Worthing, featuring various music artists including The Levellers, and Ozzy Osbourne.
2011. ‘Guitar Heroes’ exhibition, St Paul’s Gallery, Birmingham.
2011. ‘UK Tour’ exhibition, Studio Gallery, Henley-on-Thames, featuring a combination of Gods Of Rock, Guitar Heroes and unseen images.
2011. ‘UK Tour’ exhibition, Aubrey Art Gallery, Essex, featuring a combination of ‘Gods Of Rock’, ‘Guitar Heroes’ and unseen Images.
2011. ‘UK Tour’ exhibition, The Barge Gallery, Stratford-Upon-Avon.
2011. ‘Guitar Heroes’ exhibition, Muchos Cuadros Hockley Nottingham.
2011. Publication of ‘Ten-A Decade In Images’, Nicks first book, published by Rufus Stone Publications, presented in a flight case.
2011. Publication of Nicks second book ‘A Decade In Images’, published by Rufus Stone Publications and limited to 250 copies worldwide.
2012. ‘Festival Of Colours’ exhibition, Storm Fine Art, Norfolk. Abstract images of Blues and Roots.
2012. ‘Rock, Art, And Wine’ exhibition (RAW), Chateau Les Carrabses, France. Including images of Beverly Knight, Lemmy, Nils Lofgren, Mettalica, Iron Maiden and Glen Hughes.
2014. Publication of ‘50 Folk’, Nicks images celebrating 50 years of the legendary Cambridge Folk Festival, in a 132 page hardback Fine Art book.
2015. ‘Size Matters’ exhibition at Cholmondeley Castle, Cheshire. Worlds first exhibition of its kind, visited by over 75,000 people and 1.5 million online views. Featuring images of Justin Hawkins, Glen Hughes, Jim Kerr, Skin, Beverly Knight, and Nils Lofgren.
2015. Publication of ‘3 Weeks One Summer’, a pictorial documentation of The Marmalade, presented in a 132 page hardback limited edition fine art book.
2015~present. Commencement of Rockumentary Projects. Up close and personal, individual projects with Earl Slick, Ed Graham, Jon Peach, and Dead Reynolds, depict a collection of candid and professional images for book publication.
2016. Publication of ‘Ice Cream And Suncream’, a pictorial documentation of Norfolk landscapes as seen through the eyes of an 8 year old boy. The book was dedicated to Nick late father, Gordon Elliott. Presented in a 166 page Soft back limited edition fine art book.
2016~present. Active fundraiser for Pancreatic Cancer Action, via image sales and the ‘One Roll’ project, featuring a collection of celebrity portraits, displayed in a fine art book.
2017~present. Dark Art collection, featuring a collection of conceptual images depicting the tormented and ravaged mind of Elliott. For gallery exhibition worldwide and produced in a XXX explicit fine art publication.
2019~2020. A collection of North Nofolk landscapes/seascapes displayed at Fine Line Frames And Gallery, Creake Abbey, Norfolk.
2020~present. A collection of North Norfolk landscapes/seascapes displayed at The Enchanted Plaza Hunstanton Norfolk.
2020~present. Virtual exhibition of Nicks Rock photography and other fine art collections.. filmed by Aturn Film Production, for release at selected galleries and media platforms.
2020~present. ‘The Story So Far’, directed and filmed by Aturn Films. A feature length documentary exploring Nick Elliott life. For release on Amazon prime, Netflix, terrestrial TV, and selected cinemas across UK.
2020~present. ‘One Roll’ project, collection of celebrity portraits, displayed in a fine art publication. Sales to raise funds for Pancreatic Cancer Action UK.
2020~present. ‘2 Go Mad In Norfolk’, filmed by Aturn Films, starring Andy Blithe, and Nick Elliott. For terrestrial TV distribution.
2021~present. Rock Photographers Collective, clothing and memorabilia range. Exclusive images from Nick Elliotts archive represent him at RPC. Worldwide sales.
2021~present. UK TO USA Tour, Nicks 1st USA Tour.
MUSIC VIDEOS, FILM AND TV APPEARANCES
2010. Anglia TV, Interview
2010. BBC/ITV, Interview
2015. ‘The Guardian’, feature film from Aturn Films. Portrayed himself in a cameo roll
2015~2019. Gary Curtis Christmas Music Videos. - Alone at Christmas
- If Every Christmas
Played cameo rolls in each production, with a host of other celebrities.
2017. Mustard TV, Interview.
2017~2018. Collection of short films. Comedy shorts starring Will Ferguson, and Ed Graham.
2018. ‘John Constantine's Demons’, directed by Adrian Silas, short film for film submission. Portrayed himself in a starring roll.
2018~2020. Mirror Twins, short comedy sketch shows broadcast on YouTube, with Will Ferguson.
2020~present. ‘2 Go Mad In Norfolk’, filmed by Aturn Films, for broadcast on terrestrial TV, Amazon Prime, and selected social media platforms. Travel/magazine/light entertainment show, starring Andy Blithe, and Nick Elliott.
2021. Cameo roll as a photographer in Hollywood production, ‘SPENCER’, starring Kirsten Stewart, Timothy Spall, Sally Hawkins, Sean Harris, and Jack Farthing. Directed by Pablo Larrain.
2015. ‘Tracks Of Nicks Years’, Endevour FM. Recorded at Boston Studios UK
2016~present. ‘Sound And Nicks Vision’, Siren FM. Recorded at Lincoln Studios UK
2016~present. ‘A Night In With Nick Elliott’. Podcast recorded at Ashwood Studios, Norwich UK.