Hi, I'm Nicole
You could say Ian Fairweather inspired me to abstraction from when I was a teenager.
My family built our home directly across from the site of the master abstractionists’ hut on Bribie Island, Australia. Of course, both Fairweather and his shanty studio full of masterpieces were long gone by then, so I didn't feel the impact of being in such close proximity to this legendary place until many years later, when I discovered my own love of abstract painting.
Now, painting abstractly from a state of flow in which shapes ‘appear’ to me on the canvas - sometimes figures, frequently dogs - is such a joy for me.
These figures arrive in the shapes and values as I paint. Early in my painting career I felt amused by their presence then ignored them, often overpainting. My latest body of work is an acceptance and celebration of them.
Often veiled, sometimes scratched into the surface, this work is an ongoing, deliberate exploration of repeated motifs. I choose which figures to reveal and which to conceal for the viewer to discover up close.
[They are] "Dynamic, playful representations of life, expressed through colour and energetic swipes of paint"
With intention-filled mark making and a harmonious colour palette, I apply the paint energetically, building layer by layer in a call and response manner, expressively and joyfully painting from the inside out.
Exciting marks, harmonious colour, depth and spaciousness are all hallmarks of my finished pieces.
“Painting playfully and expressively delights me. Much like breathing, it makes me feel alive and is a necessary part of being.”
Inevitably, the outcome for artist and viewer alike, is discovery and delight.
Exhibitions and Events:
Nov 2022 Summer Soiree group show, Revival Art and Design
Oct 2022 Finalist, Bluethumb Art Prize 2022
Aug 2022 Affordable Art Fair, Melbourne
Jan 2022 Winner, GalleryOne962 Art Prize
Sep 2021 Finalist, Corner Store Gallery, Mini Series prize
Aug 2021 Selected, Art Folio Annual Intnl Art Magazine (2022 edition)
Nov 2020 Finalist, Bluethumb Art Prize 2020
Jun 2020 Isolation Art group show, Revival Art and Design
Feb 2020 Finalist, Aspire Petite Pieces Show
Jan 2020 Finalist, Art Lovers top 100 art prize
May 2019 Finalist, Brisbane Rotary Art Spectacular
Feb 2019 Selected to exhibit with the Royal Queensland Art Society's Women's Work exhibition