About

I am a Scottish artist who has enjoyed a varied career. I graduated from Glasgow School of Art 1993, and worked as a bouncer, a chef, a stonemason and a blacksmith before returning to art 1999 to set up Perfect Circle, a commercial fine art company. Perfect Circle ran for 15 years, alongside Maryhill Art School which I set up with two other tutors. At the same time I set up and ran Strange Frames, a bespoke framing company. I spent 15 years collaborating with my hero, the Scottish artist and writer Alasdair Gray on his visual work and public projects. I’ve also worked for Oscar winning film designers, made huge mosaics and murals acted as the arts consultant for infrastructure projects. I now live in the countryside working from a studio that I built during lockdown, and painting the Scottish landscape among other passions.

Timeline

2004
January 1

2004

2004
The ceiling of St Aloysious. Nichol and his team were commissioned by Page and Park to decorate the ceiling of St Aloysius church which became the most technical piece of research that he has (so far) ever had to undertake.
2003
January 1

2003

2003
The Hurricane restaurants.
January 1

2003

2003
The East end tale – Royal Glasgow Infirmary, Glasgow. A large photographic collage telling the story of the RGI and celebrating the Hippocratic Oath.
January 1

2003

2003
Holiday Inn Excel. London
2002
January 1

2002

2002
The Scotsman Hotel. Nichol and his team were commissioned to do about 2000 original artworks for the newly commissioned hotel at the offices of the old Scotsman newspaper. This involved original artworks, murals and tromp l’oeil work.
2001
January 1

2001

2001
Arta  – a series of antiqued reproduction paintings for the fabulous Arta restaurant. They’re still there.
2000
January 1

2000

2000
Crieff Hydro – The Victorian pool. Nichol and his team were commissioned to do a series of murals for the Victorian pool at Crieff Hydro.
1999
June 1

1999 – Present

1999 – Present
Owner and Director of Perfect Circle Art. A fine art studio modelled on the classical studios of antiquity. The purpose of this was to improve his technique by taking commercial projects that would lead to learning outcomes. Perfect Circle handles fine art projects up to the value of about £500,000.
June 1

1999

1999
Murals at the Grosvenor café. For years Nichol and his flatmates ate at the local café called the Grosvenor Cafe owned by Larry and Ghislaine Winning. In 1999 Larry asked Nichol to paint some murals for the café. One of the murals was a drawing of the west end which…
June 1

1999

1999
Paintings for the first iteration of the Corinthian club.

Notable works

The Tam o’Shanter cycle of murals at Òran Mór.

Painting the ceiling of the auditiorium at Òran Mór for Alasdair Gray.

Manufacturing the Hillhead Subway Mural for Alasdair Gray, which was based on one of Nichol Wheatley’s drawings.

Ceiling of St Aloysious – in conjunction with Page and Park.

Portrait of David Dunbar – President of the Royal Incorporation of Architects Scotland.

Murals for set of Trainspotting 2.

Concept Artist for Outlaw King, the largest film production to date in Scotland.

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