In 1964, after graduating from University College London with an economics degree, Nigel began a career as a freelance feature writer for various specialist journals. These included in depth reports for medical newspapers, charity institutions, yachting magazines and editing an employment journal. In February 1966 he launched the celebrated fashion boutique, “Granny Takes a Trip”. Here he designed clothes and the fast changing shop fronts that featured art nouveau sirens, Sioux war chieftains and later a 1947 Dodge saloon that was sawn in half and appeared to burst out of the shop. The shop was a Mecca for visiting celebrities such as The Beatles, The Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Barbara Streisand, Brigitte Bardot and Andy Warhol. Around the same time, Nigel began to design posters and record covers under the name Hapshash and the Coloured Coat with fellow artist, Michael English. Most of these are now included in the permanent collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum, and in 1999 were the subject of a major retrospective exhibition. In 1967 and 1968 two music albums were made under the name of Hapshash and the Coloured Coat and the Heavy Metal Kids. The first was a concept album produced by Guy Stevens (who later produced “London Calling” by The Clash) and the second by Mike Batt (the creator of the Wombles).
Since the 1980s, Nigel has pursued a successful career as a fine art painter, particularly as a much sought after portraitist, as can be seen here. He has frequently exhibited in Britain and abroad. His paintings and drawings form part of many distinguished public and private collections.
Having lived in Los Angeles for 12 years Nigel Waymouth now lives in London again.