Cloud forest

Paintings, sketches, wanderings, wonderings



I'm Niall, a painter. I am interested in the use of the figure as a tool of communication for the artist, either to tell a story, or simply to say “I’m alive”. I paint from life in the street, in cafes, or the life drawing studio, in ink and watercolor, and use these as source material for imagined compositions in oils, where I use symbols and narrative.

Some of the pieces displayed have a price, if not, please use the contact form to enquire. All prices are negotiable. A selection of prints are available here.

I'm running a couple of fundraisers right now - see Solidarity from 94a Mill Road and my Cambridge at night shop

All images are copyrighted © by Niall MacCrann. The use of any image from this site is prohibited unless prior written permission from the artist is obtained.


Recently I've mostly worked a lot on the road, attempting to travel light, with a few watercolor paper pads and gouache paints. When in one place for a while, I work more with oil, working on still lifes or turning studies into larger pieces.

A selection of recent work is distributed across the galleries below. Click on an image below to get to one of the galleries, and then click on an image for more info (prices, dimensions etc.)

in the dream there was no one familar;

I met only the black scrutiny 

of an apricot tree in bloom, turning

around as it left suddenly

perhaps it was left there one summer 

when the world was as white as a feast,

before I had learned that a dreamer

must dream like the trees, be a dreamer 

of fruit to the last

from Alphabet, Inger Christensen


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