Hidden Door

Nils McDiarmid

Visual Art

Nils McDiarmid has attended the Garvald Artists Studio for 8 years. A prolific artist, he draws compulsively and is inspired by pop and street culture. His linear work is stylistically distinct displaying Nils’ ability to create plane and form through use of line and understanding of space. Nils’ involvement with Hidden Door has allowed him to explore working in situ and on a large scale developing work specifically for the festival and for exhibitions at prolific spaces such as Summerhall and the Royal Botanical Gardens. This year, Nil’s will present a reworked version of his 2018 Hidden Door installation experimenting with different methods of scale and presentation.

For Hidden Door 2018, Nils installed a series of almost life-size marker drawings in the basement of the Leith Theatre. The graphic, linear quality of the work, in Nils’ typical style, referenced pertinent themes and figures in contemporary society.