Happy Birthday Ben Nicholson!! and also to my daughter Amanda Louise...English born abstract artist from 1894, Nicholson was educated at the Slade School of Fine Art. He was married three times, once to artist Barbara Hepworth. After creating figurative works and dabbling in Cubism, Mondrian influenced Nicholson to begin working in an abstract vein. He created the first of his wood reliefs in 1933, titled White Relief.