An exhibition of a single new painting by local artist Nicholas Charles Williams

Exhibition of a single new work opens at Truro Cathedral

The painting titled Resonance of Compassion is part of Williams’ current series of works examining the demise of compassion in society and in the wider realm with reference to Afghanistan and Iraq. The work presents an allegory that brings together two disparate acts and invites questions of the impact of compassion and empathy.

The painting was made over many months at his studio, a former lifeboat station, in Newquay. An accompanying four minute film documenting the making of the work and featuring local people from north Cornwall posing as models, can be seen at

Williams has exhibited widely, with solo shows at the Russell-Cotes Museum & Art Gallery, Bournemouth; Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro, St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh and Liverpool Cathedral for the opening of the European Capital of Culture. In 2001 he was awarded the Hunting Art Prize and in 2008 shortlisted for the Threadneedle Figurative Prize.