Nigel Joyce: wild art

by the Editorial Staff of stonefree


Nigel Joyce was born creative…and wild. The way he works, and not just within the world of design, is a wild as he can keep it. Brought up on the Isle of Wight in the U.K., surrounded by wild nature and a creative family he became used to freedom and independence, both in how he spent his youth and in the way he finds inspiration.


After graduating from Manchester Polytechnic with a degree in Art and Surface Design, he left England and moved to Italy at the age of 21: “Italy fascinated me. I’ve always spent a lot of time in museums and wandering around ruins lost in admiration for the artistic inheritance and history that surrounds you in this country…and let’s not forget the food and Italy’s natural beauty!”

After finding a job as a designer in one of the most renowned textile design studios in Como, he began to put roots down in the lake-side city, and has been there ever since, working up the career ladder to become creative director and travelling the world with a large studio…until 2017.


“When I couldn’t let creativity flow as I needed it to, it built up, like water behind a dam, and then the dam broke…”. He left the studio and for a long time just painted before beginning to collaborate with studios in the Home Decor field to find that this field fitted better to his creativity.

Since then Nigel has continued painting, teaching design, and graphics at a renowned Milan school of design and fashion, and of course, designing as a freelancer.

“Painting into the early hours had become my island, my wild place…” After leaving the studio, Nigel dedicated all his time for six months to his passion, “The flow of energy out of the end of my paintbrush put me back into contact with who I am.” He participated in several collective exhibitions and staged an important personal in a renowned location in Milan at the end of 2019, just before the coronavirus hit.

“Stay firmly in your path and dare; be wild two hours a day!”

– Paul Gauguin

Once he’d set free his creative flow, continually nourished by his painting, he gradually began to come back to surface design for the Home Decor world, collaborating as a freelancer. He also continues, since 2014, to teach graphics and surface design at the acclaimed school of fashion and design, Istituto Marangoni in Milan.


“To be able to nourish the creative sparks and embers of my students into the flames that will light up the future is something that gets my spine-tingling…” Nigel goes to Milan twice a week to feed the fire and feel the heat of the creativity of design’s and fashion’s burgeoning future generation: “It’s a great source of inspiration and energy. My students are still in a wild-creative stage, still ‘off the grid’ and free-thinking, so it helps me to stay that way”.

As a part of Nigel’s teaching, he gets to guide collaborative projects with his students for many of the famous brands in Italian Home Decor, allowing him to be influenced and informed through the know-how and creativity of some of the field’s greatest designers. While in the city, he gets to feel the contemporary pulse and keep up to date with what’s happening in design and fashion, and feed on the inspiration visiting from museums and exhibitions.


“ grabbed my attention as soon as I heard about it. Finally, I have the opportunity to cut out the middle man and share my ideas with my clients. It allows me to show what I create in complete freedom as an independent artist…and is extremely well designed itself, just like my proposals!”

Stay wild and free Nigel, is here with you, and it’s going to be great working together!

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