Nigel Caple studied at Portsmouth College of Art and the Portsmouth Polytechnic, (now the University of Portsmouth) Department of Fine Art, where he received a BA Honours Degree in Fine Art. While at Portsmouth Polytechnic he studied with the painter Miles Richmond. After graduation he continued to be tutored by Richmond at various locations in Britain and in Ronda, Spain. Miles Richmond was arguably one of David Bomberg's closest students.
Caple has made painting expeditions to Europe, America, North Africa, and Japan and has also had several murals commissioned in Britain and one in the United States.
He has worked as a Coordinator for International Relations linking cultural activities between Japan and the UK. Caple was also invited by cultural authorities in Japan to create and coordinate an exhibition. The subsequent show was entitled ‘An Exhibition of works by eight British Artists (1919-1992)’. The exhibition was held in Northern Japan in 1992 and included the following artists: David Bomberg, Marion Milner, Harry Thubron, Miles Richmond, John Rodrigues, Ann Kiernan, David Seaton, and Nigel Caple.
In 1996 he helped conceive and coordinate 'Bridges' The Daiwa Foundation’s Visual Arts Touring Exhibition, which toured the UK, Europe and Japan.
Between 1998 and 2000 he travelled along the Tokaido Road in Japan. There he made numerous drawings that formed the basis for a series of paintings that culminated in a touring exhibition and a lecture series during 2001-2 entitled ‘The 53 Stations of the Tokaido Road’. Locations included Hertfordshire University and The Barbican Centre. Caple lectured at the British Museum as part of this lecture series. This exhibition was also included in the UK’s ‘Japan Festival 2001’.
His lecture on the Tokaido given in 2013 for The Japan Society was subsequently published the following year as an article in The Japan Society's Proceedings publication.
He has taken part in many solo and group exhibitions and received support from both commercial and public sponsors for his painting projects including Mitsubishi Electric, The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation and The Corporation of London.
His paintings are held in public collections in Britain and Japan while works in private collections are held in the UK, France, Germany and Japan.
Caple’s lecture entitled ‘Bomberg’s Painting Legacy’ was given in 2019 at Hastings Contemporary in relation to their exhibition 'Roy Oxlade & David Bomberg’.
© Nigel Caple 2021