Artist Statement

Nicola Wiltshire was born in Cambridge. The Guardian recently named Nicola as an ​"​artist to watch​"​ (May 2017). She has also been described as "One of the most exciting young artists in Britain" by the curator at Hartlepool Art Gallery (October 2016).​ ​

Nicola's paintings are as much about process as they are about subject. Painted in high-pigment layers on coloured and patterned fabric, her work features scenes from ordinary life, painted in a style that references art history, whilst at the same time being her own. Bold form, intense colour and heavy lines are the language through which Nicola describes local landscapes, but also the people and objects she encounters. As well as working on fabric, Nicola makes her own paint using the traditional technique of grinding pigment into oil.

'Liberty Landscapes', a series of lush Scottish landscapes painted on beautiful fabric by Liberty of London, is an ongoing project that was originally created for Pittenweem Arts Festival, where Nicola was the 2017 Bursary Award Winner. The collection was inspired by exploring the Scottish countryside; from Fife and Tentsmuir Forest to Pitlochry and The Cairngorm Mountains. Nicola has been developing her technique of painting on good quality fabric, instead of canvas or linen for over ten years. The story of the fabric weaves its way into the story of her paintings, in particular during this project, when the 'blank canvas' becomes the unique design and rich heritage of the Liberty brand.

Nicola received her BA at University of Westminster, London (2009) and her MFA at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee (2015).


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