FLICKERING LIGHTS TRICKLING DREAM
22nd June - 17th August 2021
Images that are at once familiar and dreamlike emerge through a language of bold charcoal lines, intense handmade oil colour and an abstraction of form into playful, calming and appealing shapes. Snapshots of walks, domestic interiors and people sleeping are amongst the themes used to explore universal experiences such as journeys, silence, the seasons and archetypes. Nicola’s work begins when stretching coloured and patterned fabric over a wooden frame, before priming selected areas for painting. She draws in charcoal and makes her own oil paint and soft pastels using centuries-old techniques. Each of these elements is an important feature of her work that builds up a materials-focused practice that is a colourful and poetic celebration of art’s history.
Wiltshire graduated in 2009 with a BA in Fine Art at University Of Westminster, London and an MFA with distinction in Art And Humanities at Duncan Of Jordanstone College Of Art And Design, Dundee. She has enjoyed successful sell out solo and group exhibitions throughout the UK including at the Royal Scottish Academy and The Guardian named Nicola as an “artist to watch”. Wiltshire's work is currently represented by New Blood Art and Select Gallery, London.
“Colour is fundamental to my practice, as is the cycle of observing and recording everyday life. My paintings are stylistically contemporary, yet deeply rooted in art history and the rich heritage of oil painting. I use techniques that refer back to centuries-old traditions, such as making my own oil paint and pastels, but paint on coloured and patterned fabric - instead of canvas - for the dynamic and tactile foundation it lays. I am fascinated by the domestic quality of textiles and how this lends itself to my paintings, which move between traditional genres of portrait, landscape and still life.” - Nicola Wiltshire