Nick Bright’s arresting photographic work broadly explores the collection, storage and display of museum artefacts. In particular, his images investigate the relationships between museum objects and their environments, highlighting surprising and sometimes eerie moments from the lives of these objects seldom seen by the museum visitor. Bright’s series of photographs on taxidermy animals are especially striking. In these, the animals become part of compositions with a fragmented narrative, becoming actors within a tableaux in which storage vaults are transformed into stage sets and packaging materials act as props. The works are both melancholic and wryly humorous.
Bright’s photography exhibits a highly developed sensitivity to light and to the dramatic potential of composition. His current practice incorporates both analogue and digital technologies to visually research, question and perhaps challenge established institutional spaces and contexts.
Living and working in Bristol, Bright has exhibited work at Royal West of England Academy in the city and at a number of exhibitions in London. He is also a lecturer and has taught across a broad range of curricula at Further and Higher Education levels. Bright holds a BA (Hons) in Photography, an MA in Fine Art and has studied bookbinding for artists at various levels.