Nicholas Pace studied Painting at Gloucestershire College of Art & Design and the University of London (Postgraduate), for which he was awarded the Elizabeth T. Greenshields Scholarship for Representational Art.
As a postgraduate student, Pace was invited to join the Education team at the National Gallery, London, as a Freelance Lecturer.
Whilst painting and exhibiting his work, he also pursued a professional acting career, which spanned ten years.
During this time, as Creative Director of Yellow Chair Productions, he wrote, designed and performed stage productions based on the lives of great painters.
Venues included: The Art Institute of Chicago; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio; National Gallery, London; Glasgow Citizens Theatre; Auckland Museum of Art, New Zealand and the Adelaide Festival, Australia.
Complimenting his theatre work, Pace also achieved acknowledgment as one of the UK’s leading proponents of old master painting techniques. He developed an authority on 18th century practices, working primarily on private commissions and through London auction houses such as Christie’s.
More recently, Pace has pursued making contemporary paintings that draw from both his theatrical experience and art historical expertise.
Selected art exhibitions include: The Natural History Museum, London (solo); Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Nottingham (solo); Bolton Museum and Art Gallery and tour (solo); Phoenix Gallery, Brighton (solo); Animal, ArtSway, Hampshire; Framing the Wild, University of Wyoming Art Museum, USA; The National Wildlife Museum, Jackson Hole, USA; Annual Show, Royal West of England Academy; Captive Bred, The Yard Gallery, Nottingham; The Stray Show, Chicago; Thinking the Unthinkable, Northern Gallery of Contemporary Art, Sunderland (2005); Jerwood Gallery, London & touring (2005); SWLA, Mall Galleries, London (2006); Partridge Fine Art, London, Summer exhibition (2008); James Gray Gallery, Summer Show, Santa Monica, Los Angeles (2010); NOAC Prize Winners Show, Pallant House Gallery (2011/12); Wunderkabinett, Store Street Gallery, London (2012); 32 Paintings, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton; ESO, Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne (2013); Self Made Worlds, Wimbledon Space, London and NOA, Henry Moore Gallery, Royal College of Art, London (2013);
Salon, Eleven Fine Art, London (2014); The Hospital Club, London (2016); Maddox Gallery, London (2016); Westminster Library Gallery, London (2017); Solaris Gallery, St Leonards, East Sussex (2017); Royal Academy Summer Exhibition (2009, 2010, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017), Danielle Arnaud Gallery, London (2017).
His work has been selected for the Jerwood Drawing Prize (Shortlisted, 2005); The Threadneedle Art Prize (2008); Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition (2009, 2010, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017) and the National Open Art Competition, (Prizewinner, 2011).
Pace co-curated a survey show entitled ’32 paintings’ at Phoenix Brighton (2013).
He continues to paint and also lectures regularly, at the National Gallery, London.