About the Artist


Nyle Major began his Art practice in January 2010. Prior to this he had acquired a Bachelor in Visual Arts from AUT in 2005, and had participated in a few small art shows and student run exhibitions. At the beginning of the last decade his ambition was unsatisfied. Also, he was frustrated at the status quo and wanted to attain technical mastery in his painting.

In the following 18 months, he held two solo exhibitions of a high standard and spent over three months training at Studio Escalier – an international Art school in Argenton-Chateau, buried in the deep rural expanse of France’s Loire Valley.

Since that life-changing northern summer of 2011, he has exhibited in multiple solo shows, group exhibitions and general large scale art shows. He has shown work internationally, run artist workshops, received awards and accolades and completed many commissions of varying subjects.

Ambition in one’s chosen field often comes naturally. Nyle’s case is no exception. From an early age, he displayed talent for painting, drawing and model making. Skill development was slowed significantly while studying art in high school and university by the more conceptually-based work taught at these institutions, where less importance is attached to the way in which the work is executed. As a result, creating artwork to a high technical standard was largely disregarded, and it took five years after graduating to uncover the lost drive and excitement that comes from making classically realist-based painting.

But he is grateful for what he did learn in lieu of developing technical skill, as his practice displays not only technical aptitude, but the series of works are built around a strong conceptual framework learned at these institutions.

With strong conceptual framework and painting skill, Nyle’s art practice has evolved into a professional enterprise, which in order to maintain and grow, requires considerable time investment. As with many artists lacking the reliability of a full-time income, productivity has been hampered. Despite this barrier, he has worked hard to ensure his painting is constantly developing and evolving, and that he is exhibiting as often as possible.

Traditional painting and art movements in the 18th and 19th centuries have played a significant role in developing Nyle’s art practice:

First and foremost, a viewer’s first impression of the painting is its visual impact. This will determine whether or not they will be drawn to the work and develop a connection with it. Painting with the essence of tradition is easily relatable to everyone, and makes this transition easier”. N.Major 2015

William Bouguerau (1825-1905) is his favourite artist, and inspiration for a lot of the figure painting Nyle creates. He is the greatest artist who ever lived and that you have never heard of”, and reached academic paintings’ zenith at a time in 19th century France when favour was starting to lean towards the Impressionists. William Bouguereau and compatriots of his time such as John Singer Sargent, Lord Leighton and Lawrence Alma-Tadema all heavily inspire Nyle’s art practice. However, not all his inspirations come from the 19th century. He is also drawn to contemporary artists such as Roberto Ferri and renaissance artists like Caravaggio who also possess that particular quality only the greats truly possess and the rest of us try to emulate.


So long and thanks for the assist
1st Place Winner
Waitakere Arts Trust 36th Art Exhibition

Best of Show
Still Life Art Show- Grey Cube Gallery 2023

When life gives you #5
Best of Show
Still Life Art Show- Grey Cube Gallery 2023

Hughmorous Majorious
Adam Portrait Award Finalist 2022
Adam Portrait Awards – NZ Portrait Gallery

The end of Gaia
Acceptance for Circle Arts Quarterly Magazine
Circle Arts Quarterly 2021
ARC (Art Renewal Centre) 16th International Salon Finalist 2022

15th International Salon Finalist 2021
Art Renewal Centre

3rd Place Overall
Edmund Hillary Showcase 2020

14th International Salon Finalist 2020
Art Renewal Centre

“Red Exhibition”, Colours of Humanity Gallery, Pensylvania USA 2017

ARTerslie 1st Place Winner
ARTerslie 2017

Queen Mary
Merit Ribbon Winner
Royal Easter Show Art Exhibition 2017

It Never Was
3rd Place- Small Painting category
Royal Easter Show Art Exhibition 2017

A hymn to the greatest Generation
Merit Ribbon WInner
Royal Easter Show Art Exhibition 2017

Near Light
“Human Nature”, Colours of Humanity Gallery, Pensylvania USA 2017

Legumes D’hiver
Merit Ribbon Winner
Royal Easter Show Art Exhibition 2016

Safety in numbers
Merit Ribbon Winner
Royal Easter Show Art Exhibition 2016

Waiting to be found
Merit Ribbon Winner
Royal Easter Show Art Exhibition 2016

Un Bol de Pommes
Peoples Choice Award
Depot Gallery 12 x 12 Members Exhibition 2015

All my mates got were wooden crosses
Finalist, Gallipoli Memorial Art Prize
Gallipoli Memorial Club, Sydney, Australia 2015
(Added to Gallipoli Club permanent collection)

Wreck of the Maria Doria
Merit Ribbon Winner
Royal Easter Show Art Exhibition 2014


Thanks to everyone who has played a part in developing my practice over the years – from those who helped construct this site, to the models in the paintings, the photographers and the viewers. Your help, patience and support is greatly appreciated.