Artist Statement

"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 (b.1987 UK) completed her BA at University of Westminster, London (2009) and her MFA at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee (2015).

The Guardian 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 has had solo and group exhibitions throughout England and Scotland, including London and Edinburgh.

Her work is included in public and private collections in UK, Europe, Australia and USA. 

Nicola's work is currently represented by New Blood Art.

Read more about the way Nicola creates her paintings.

"Nicola Wiltshire’s paintings hold absorbingly bold forms, which immediately capture the viewers’ attention. Portraits formed with use of heavy linear structures resemble expressionistic styles whilst flat colour and striking use of pattern give the figures unusual and therapeutic dimensions. The rendition of each piece lends it an evocatively striking impact. The line and form are fluid and diverse, allowing the portraits to portray illusive identities and an intriguing subjectivity. The use of colour is similarly exciting; mixed hues create muddied and pastel shades, which are placed in contrast of one another, side by side. This creates a stimulating juxtaposition of a calming sensibility whilst conversely adding ambiguous tensions."

- Sarah Ryan, New Blood Art

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