Nicola Wiltshire 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. 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.
Nicola 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”
The Other Art Fair, Kings Cross, London (2019).
The Loom Runs. The Smoke Rises at The Meffan Gallery, Forfar (2018).
A Beacon In Darkness at Alien Hole Gallery, Inverness (2017).
The Loom Runs. The Smoke Rises at Verdant Works, Dundee (2017).
Bursary Award Winner at Pittenweem Arts Festival, Fife (2017).
Dundee Icons at Roseangle Gallery, Dundee (2016).
Contemporary Icons at Hartlepool Art Gallery, Hartlepool (2016).
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS:
Annual Exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh (2019)
Winter Open, The Meffan Art Gallery, Angus (2019)
VAS + SSA Open Exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh (2019)
Little Originals, Dock Street Studios, Dundee (2019)
Alight at Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh (2019).
Current at Tatha Gallery, Fife (2018).
The Net Loft at Pittenweem Arts Festival (2018).
Fractured Two at Studio 11, Dundee (2018).
Winter Exhibition at The Meffan Gallery, Forfar (2017).
Winter Exhibition at Gallery Heinzel, Aberdeen (2016).
Tig On Tour at Dundas Street Gallery, Edinburgh (2016).
Tignabruaich Art Gallery stand at Edinburgh Art Fair (2016).
VAU Member's Show at St Margaret's House, Edinburgh (2016).
Mandala at Image Collective Gallery, Edinburgh (2016).
Identity Through Landscape at House For An Art Lover, Glasgow (2016).
Stuffed Gallery at Newave Gallery, Aberdeen (2016).
Where Our Minds Are Now at Tin Roof, Dundee (2016).
This Must Be The Place at Wasps Meadow Mill, Dundee (2015).
Masters Degree Show at University of Dundee, Dundee (2015).
Liverpool Art Fair at Pier Head Village, Liverpool (2015).
MFA Art and Humanities with distinction, University of Dundee (2015).
BA Hons Fine Art, 2.1, University of Westminster, London (2009).
Pittenweem Art Festival Bursary Award (2017).
The Meffan Gallery Purchase Prize Commendation (2017).
Dundee Visual Artists + Craft Makers Award (2016).
Thomas and Margaret Roddan Trust Award (2015).
Leonardo Da Vinci Project Scholarship (2014).