RESTAURANT  GALLERY

NICOLA  WILTSHIRE

'FLICKERING LIGHTS, TRICKLING DREAM'

22nd June to 17th August 2021

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'Flickering Lights, Trickling Dream' is an exhibition of paintings by Nicola Wiltshire that reimagine visited landscapes as places infused with mystery, freedom, intense colour and magic. Each painting starts as a photograph taken by the artist, however memories and experiences prevail during the painting process. Scottish hills, mountains, or forests and English woodlands are translated into a series of shapes and colours that aim to pull you in, to ask questions and to suggest something to be explored. Themes that run through these paintings include journeys, hidden paths and almost arriving at a destination. 

NICOLA WILTSHIRE is a Dundee-based artist who graduated with a BA in Fine Art (University Of Westminster, 2009) and an MFA in Art And Humanities (Duncan Of Jordanstone College Of Art And Design, 2015). Nicola observes the world through her paintings; using colour, line, gesture and shape in a way that emphasises the feeling of a place, person or experience. 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. Nicola's work begins when stretching coloured and patterned fabric over a wooden frame. 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.

 

Previous solo exhibitions include The Meffan Museum & Art Gallery, Forfar; Verdant Works, Dundee; Hartlepool Art Gallery and Alien Hole Gallery, Inverness. Group exhibitions throughout the UK include Tatha Gallery, Royal Scottish Academy, Gallery Heinzel and Select Gallery, London. The Guardian named Nicola as an "artist to watch".

Come and see Nicola's exhibition at the Jam Factory - the gallery is free to enter and is on from 22nd June to the 17th August 2021

All work is for sale - If you are interested in adding Nicola's work to your collection email the gallery for more information gallery@thejamfactoryoxford.com 

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