Clark Nicol graduated in Fine Art at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee during which time he was a prize winner in the Scottish Open Art Competition. After a post-graduate award he moved to London, where he taught art. Clark is currently Head of Art at Plymouth College.
Since February 2016 his work has been concerned with exploring a dialogue between geometric shapes and figurative landscape, often referring to the issues around pollution of the seas. These make the surface of the painting an important aspect of the viewing experience, and as well as enjoying the interaction between the pictorial depth and the surface marks, they act either as a foil to the more natural structures of the rocks and landforms, or as framed snapshots of remembered experiences.