A recurrent theme of Buckley's work is his examination of the conventions and materials used in making paintings. Frames, stretchers and the texture of the picture surface are key elements in his work. Nice was one of his first paintings to treat elements of support as part of the image itself. Buckley described his method as making ‘three stretchers (interleaved) hold together as one with the woven canvas acting structurally’. The punning title refers to both the adjective and the city on the French Riviera. ‘It's ...a nice picture of Nice', Buckley explains.