Internationally renowned rock art Photographer, Nick Elliott, has carved out an enviable reputation for producing powerful iconic pieces of photographic art, in his own inimitable avant-guard style.
Nick’s successful vocational journey started in editorial and advertising photography. He has been sought after and commissioned by reputable London fashion and advertising agencies including Saatchi and Saatchi, TWA, Yellow Hammer, O&M, Young & Rubicon, GGT, Carlson, Direct, MSBK, Publcis, Coca-Cola, British Airways, Walt Disney, Lloyds TSB Bank, Sheraton Hotels, and Jaguar.
Nick’s photographic art work has earned him several prestigious awards. Recognitions include, 3rd placement in the 1990 Euro Advertising Awards and an eminent award for images produced for the 1992 Liberal Democrat General Election Campaign.
Nick has devoted his artistic and creative talents to specialising in the music industry, photographing some of the most iconic artists in the business. Described as one of the world’s leading Rock Art Photographers, Nick has worked with some of the world’s most prominent rock bands and musicians. His images have frequently been featured on album artwork and published extensively across the media for over thirty five years. Recognising his uninhibited raw talent, Planet Rock Radio and the 02 Arena London enlisted Nick as their official rock photographer for over eleven years. He had
the privilege to work with over three hundred 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 Classic Rock, Kerrang, Sound, and Fatea magazines. Music agencies Darla FR, Music Pictures, and Wire Image have also procured Nick’s art work for national tabloid publications.
In June 2015, his exhibition Size Matters, held in the grounds of Cholmondely Castle, hosted a unique collection of Nick’s oversized rock images. It had over 75,000 visitors and was viewed online by 1.5 million people worldwide. It continues to be critically acclaimed by media and TV as a resoundingly successful world’s first.
Nick’s debut book Ten A Decade In Images, was released in 2011. Further publications from elliottstudios followed with 50 Folk (2014), celebrating fifty years of the legendary Cambridge folk Festival, Three Weeks One Summer (2015), a pictorial documentation of The Marmalade, and Ice Cream And Sun Cream (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, live, up close and personal and backstage images captured over a period of five years, which have been published into highly sought after publications. 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 art industry.
Nick’s 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 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 shows, Sound And Nick’s Vision, Tracks Of My Years, and A Night
In With Nick Elliott have amassed thousands of regular listeners that tune in for the American mellow playlist.
Nick’s current projects have temporarily taken him away from the rock music industry. Several conceptual dark art projects, designed to amaze and shock its audiences, are a collection of pictorial autobiographical fine art images depicting the tormented and ravaged mind of Elliott. Impressed by these thought provoking, contemporary images, London based Gabriel Fine Art Gallery, invited Nick to exhibit a selection of these creations at two of their 2022 London exhibitions, held in Mayfair and Piccadilly. Unity In Variety and The Agony and The Ecstasy Of Being showcased Nick’s incredible diverse talent as an artist, both exhibitions were well received with fine art collectors worldwide.
During 2022 Nick had the privilege to work with Simon Collins and prog rock band Emolecule, shooting album artwork, promotional material and several music videos.
Nick‘s genius in the studio and his ability to capture the intensity of the live musical performance, makes him one of the world’s most revered rock art photographers of all time. Driven by his incredible passion, and the desire to create breathtaking images of the music 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.
Nick ranks amongst a handful of truly gifted rock art photographers… Bob Gruen, Steve Gullick, Mick Rock, Henry Diltz, Jenny Lens and Anton Corbijn come to mind“ ~ Gina Higgins, American Noir.
“One of the world’s most revered rock art photographers” ~ Chateau des Carrasses
DARK ART PROJECTS
Events occurring in Nick’s personal life have been a major influence in his descent into the production of his dark art phase. Driven by disturbing life changing events, Nick has produced some shockingly raw images, depicting his deteriorating mental health, and attempted suicide in his former home, borne from his personal experiences of a noxious relationship and loss.
Nick’s creativity has taken a different direction, directly influenced by the presence of an antagonist who imposed creative boundaries and restrictions, which caused conflict in his life. Now free from that pernicious relationship, Nick has been able to grow creatively and experiment with his art without fear of retribution or suppression. Nick’s conceptional dark art portrays his emotional journey to creative freedom, and allows him to push the boundaries of his art each day, resulting in a deeper passion for creating art and developing his craft. Nick has been truly liberated.
A raw photographic depiction of Nick’s 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. In the spring of 2018, Nick meticulously planned his suicide, death by hanging, and pictorially documenting it with a camera set up with a series of timed exposures. The events leading up to this situation started 28 years ago with the untimely death of his mother, who was the only person to truly understand Nick’s creative and personal intricacies. Nick’s life seemed surrounded by death after the loss of his unborn son. Five years ago Nick’s father died, grieving for his hero in life was denied after his wife of 29 years deserted him just 3 week’s later. Nick’s life was shrouded with such pain that hanging himself became a controlled release to his clouded and unfulfilled life. The physical loss, coupled with the loss of his self esteem, confidence, self respect, and personal values have become an integral part of the production of these images.
DARK SIDE OF MY MIND.
Explores the emotions and chaotic thought process of Nick as he considered and planned his own death, by hanging. Projected in these images is the desperate and harrowing actions of a socially outspoken and unaccepted individual who felt his emotional wounds had become his Lingchi.
fter a failed suicide attempt Nick began contemplating his supposed failure at life and the enforced restrictions imposed on him during an oppressive marriage. Examining the broken pieces of his fractured life, Nick analyses how he allowed himself to be restricted and unfulfilled, creatively, emotionally, mentally, physically, and professionally for a large part of his life.
Centred around the enforced dismemberment of Nick’s life, and driven to the brink of insanity, almost lunacy by the belligerence and rancour of the antagonist that was his unfaithful wife. These images capture the rancid stench of a love turned to hatred and anger, and his repressed and restricted voice of reason. Disconnected from the natural world Nick captured his pain, sorrow and the frustration of trying to reason with a cruel antagonistic wife who was intent on ruining his career, character, and relationships between friends and relatives out of spite.
THE OTHER SIDE.
Liberated from the incarceration of sexual oppression, these images open up a chasm of exploration and experimentation, previously suppressed and denied from Nick in a disproving marriage. These images represent a perception kept unconscious and eclipsed in his mind.
NICK, DELIA AND AMELIA’S BIG DAY OUT.
After analysing and evaluating his life, Nick captures the idiosyncrasy of modern day life and it’s stereotypical behaviours evident in our society where our weaken values, morals and integrity create a worthless and delusional lifestyle.All of the above Dark Art projects are a total step away from the rock photography that Nick is renowned for. These projects continue to be featured in exhibitions across the UK, Europe and USA at selected fine art galleries.
“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 Elliott BlitheFilms.
“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 Nick’s US Management. 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 Nick’s 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 Nick’s US and UK tours and be personally signed by Nick and published by ‘elliottstudios publishing.’
“It’s been a great opportunity to visit my rock archive.” Nick Elliott.
NICKS 1st VIRTUAL TOUR
Nick’s 1st virtual online exhibition displays a large selection of his fine art creations, spanning from unseen rock photography to some of his controversial conceptual dark art images. . Many of Nick’s collectors and new clients have had 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. Nick’s 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.
ELLIOTT BLITHE FILMS, MEDIA /PRODUCTION COMPANY
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.
1971~1975 Editorial photographer for East Midland Allied Press newspapers, The Peterborough Evening Telegraph and The Peterborough Advertiser.
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.
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’, Nick’s first book, published by Rufus Stone Publications, presented in a flight case.
2011 Publication of Nick’s 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’, Nick’s 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. World’s first exhibition of it’s 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.l 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’s 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 Norfolk landscapes/seascapes displayed at Fine Line Frames And Gallery, Creake Abbey, Norfolk.
2020~2021 Awarded Specialist Art Retailer of the year 2020/2021 for nickelliott.shop by Corporate Live Wire London & South East Prestige Awards.
2020~present A collection of North Norfolk landscapes/seascapes displayed at The Enchanted Plaza Hunstanton Norfolk.
2020~present ‘The Story So Far’, directed and filmed by Aturn Films. A feature length documentary exploring Nick Elliott’s life. For release on Amazon Prime, 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 Elliott Blithe 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, Nick 1st USA Tour.
2022~present Launch of elliottstudios publishing. The brand of elliottstudios, publishing a collection of Nick’s Fine Art Rock Books, ‘From Nothing To Kings Lynn In 30 Days’, and the complete collection of Nick’s controversial Dark Art XXX projects.
2022 Unholy Alliance shoot, for the bands USA Tour, Album artwork and promotional material. Location RAF Sculthorpe.
2022 Official Launch of Elliott Blithe Films. Director, producer and still photographer, Nick Elliott. Director and producer Andy Blithe. A full service production agency producing documentaries,TV advertising, short films, music videos, advertising and marketing campaigns.
2022~present Commissioned as Official Photographer for Stave Rehearsal Rooms Nottingham LTD, by Lorraine Degnan and Phil Blankley.
2022~present Launch of Nick’s online virtual gallery. 17 images of Earl Slick displayed in an online virtual gallery.
2022~present Exhibition in Open Space Gallery,Birstall, Leicester. Director Ian Leslie Briers. 45 images of Norfolk U.K. selected from Nick’s, ‘A Norfolk Collection’.
2022~present Exhibition in The Music Photo Gallery. Director Sebastian Alderete. 96 unseen vintage rock images from Nick’s archive collection, exhibited over USA, Latin America, Caribbean and Mexico.
2022. Location shoot in The Republic Of Ireland. Shooting Simon Collins, (son to Phil Collins) and Canadian guitarist Kelly Nordstrom for Album artwork and promotional material.
2022. Dark Art XXX Exhibition, Gabriel Fine Arts Gallery representing Nick controversial Dark Art Collection at Mayfair London. A selection of Nick’s contemporary images at the Unity In Variety XI Annual Exhibition, held over seven days.
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.
2021. Starring role in Iron Maiden feature film, chronicling the life of Bruce Dickinson. Directed by Ian Dray. Location RAF Coltishall.
2022. Release of Nick Elliott USA/U.K. Tour Showreel to accompany USA/U.K. Tours. Screened on social media, across U.K. and USA.
2015. ‘Tracks Of Nick’s Years’, Endeavour FM. Recorded at Boston Studios UK
2016~present. ‘Sound And Nick’s Vision’, Siren FM. Recorded at Lincoln Studios UK
2016~present. ‘A Night In With Nick Elliott’. Podcast recorded at Ashwood Studios, Norwich UK.
2021. Radio Interview on ‘Saturday Night Rock Show’, hosted by Stuart Pink. Broadcast via London Phoenix FM Radio.
2021. Nick Elliott and Andy Blithe Radio interview with Kirstene Thorne for 2GoMad in Norfolk. Broadcast on Norfolk Radio.
2021. Radio interview for Italian Radio Station, Radio Roma Capitale FM.
2021. Radio and TV appearance on Italian ONAIRTV and Radio Canale Italia. Interviewed by Teresa Andreozzi.
2021. Interviewed by Ben Jones for Peterborough Telegraph and Peterborough Today. Published 22/7/21
2021. Feature in Rhythmic Lounge Magazine, November 2021, Vol 91.
2021. Interview for Suffolk Norfolk Magazine by John Kerrison, December 2021 Issue.
2022. Interview on ‘New York Reel Talk’, hosted by singer/ songwriter Pamela Sue Mann. Broadcast from Southside Broadcasting as a transatlantic podcast.
2022. Interview on ‘What’s Your Story’, hosted by Alex James. Broadcast on YouTube.
2022~present. Production of 2GoMad in Norfolk Podcasts. Regular 20 minute podcast, aired on social media platforms. Starring Nick Elliott and Andy Blithe. Comedy/satire content.
2022~present. Production of Nick Elliott Podcast. A personal podcast, starring Nick Elliott Comedy/Satire/personal opinions content.