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Nicola Wiltshire

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Degree: MFA Art and Humanties
University: Duncan Of Jordanstone College Of Art And Design, Dundee
Graduation Year: 2015

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Nicola Wiltshire’s paintings hold absorbingly bold forms, which immediately capture the viewers’ attention.  She was listed as an artist to watch in The Guardian - read more here, has held 4 solo exhibitions, a number of group shows, received the Pittenweem Art Festival’s Bursary Award and a six-month Artist Residency at Halley Stevensons, who manufacture waxed cotton for clients such as Barbour from their Dundee factory.  More recently, Nicola was selected as one of twelve artists to take part in a public art project in Dundee's West End, as well as being an invited artist for the Reformation Street Art Project, also in Dundee (both part of the city-wide regeneration following the opening of the V&A Design Museum). Her largest series of 2018, a collection of still lifes, has been particularly successful at capturing the tactile qualities of the fabric she paints on - her trademark style - in these paintings, fabrics such as Toile de Jouy, patterned linen and William Morris-inspired prints become decorative vases for high-pigment representations of house plants and seasonal wildflowers. These paintings, along with her portraits and landscapes, have attracted a loyal collector base; many of whom own more than one of these paintings in their collection. She continues to paint with integrity - using high quality oil paints, many that she makes by hand in her studio and is beginning to explore other traditional processes such as handmaking pastel crayons.

Artist Statement

My paintings explore the magic and surrealism of life at its most mundane and everyday level. Through studying people, and mountains, and trees, my aim is to highlight the universality of humanity and the way we try to weave meaning into it all. I am interested in God and visual language, but also in combining the two to make suggestions about the scenes I paint. By layering, refracting and blurring my references, I hope to create a body of work that is visually hyperreal and dense with opportunities for interpretation. Pattern, texture and high-pigment colour are combined to further emphasise these ideas. I have developed a way of working with fabric that allows me to remain playful and experimental, whilst at the same time referencing the cultural, social and historical context of the work, as well as the traditions of oil painting. I am a contemporary painter, who is African, Scottish, English and British, which is part of my identity, but also vital in the way I make my work.

Solo Exhibitions

2019, The Other Art Fair, Kings Cross, London
2018, The Loom Runs. The Smoke Rises, The Meffan Gallery, Forfar, Scotland
2017, A Beacon In Darkness, Alien Hole Gallery, Inverness, Scotland
2017, The Loom Runs. The Smoke Rises, Verdant Works, Dundee, Scotland
2017, Liberty Landscapes, Pittenweem Arts Festival, Fife, Scotland
2016, Dundee Icons, Roseangle Gallery, Dundee, Scotland
2016, Contemporary Icons, Hartlepool Art Gallery, Durham, England
2015, Dundee Icons, Duncan Of Jordanstone College Of Art And Design, Dundee, Scotland

Group Exhibitions

2019, The Secret Garden, Pittenweem Arts Festival, Fife
2019, Royal Scottish Academy Annual Exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
2019, Alight, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, Scotland
2018, Current, Tatha Gallery, Newport-on-Tay, Scotland
2018, The Net Loft, Pittenweem Arts Festival, Fife, Scotland
2018, Fractured 2, Studio 11, Dundee, Scotland
2017, Winter Exhibition, The Meffan Gallery, Forfar, Scotland
2016, Winter Exhibition, Gallery Heinzel, Aberdeen, Scotland
2016, Mixed Exhibition, Dundas Street Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
2016, Tighnabruaich Art Gallery, Edinburgh Art Fair, Edinburgh, Scotland
2016, VAU Members' Show, St Margaret's House, Edinburgh, Scotland
2016, Mandala, Image Collective, Edinburgh, Scotland
2016, Identity Through Landscape, House For An Art Lover, Glasgow, Scotland
2016, Stuffed Gallery, Newave Art Gallery, Aberdeen, Scotland
2016, Where Our Minds Are Now, Tin Roof, Dundee, Scotland
2016, Folk Art, Folk Cafe Gallery, Dundee, Scotland
2015, This Must Be The Place, Meadow Mill, Dundee, Scotland
2015, Liverpool Art Fair, Pier Head Village, Liverpool, England
2014, Saudades, CCOB, Barcelos, Portugal
2014, Language/Lingua, CCOB, Barcelos, Portugal
2014, Time/Tempo, CCOB, Barcelos, Portugal
2014, Line/Linha, CCOB, Barcelos, Portugal
2012, New Rad, Radcliffe and Newlands Ltd, London, England
2011, Responsive Eye, London Gallery West, London, England
2010, Luxury Goods: The Role Of Art, The Courtyard Theatre, London, England
2009, Polyglot, Ambika P3, London, England
2009, Icons, London Gallery West, London, England
2008, News From Nowhere, London Gallery West, London, England
2008, LaLaLa Exhibition, 491 Gallery, London, England

Competitions, Prizes & Awards

2010, Juliet Gomperts Trust Award
2014, Leonardo Da Vinci Project Scholarship
2015, Thomas And Margaret Roddan Trust Award
2015, Dundee Visual Artists + Craft Makers Award
2017, The Meffan Gallery Purchase Prize Commendation
2017, Pittenweem Art Festival Bursary Award

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Meander

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£375

Old World

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From SOBO

By Nicola Wiltshire

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Years of Sky

By Nicola Wiltshire

£510

The Hierophant

By Nicola Wiltshire

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The Wanderings (Spirit)

By Nicola Wiltshire

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Duthie Park

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£390

Sticky Feet

By Nicola Wiltshire

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Hidden

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£390

Magpie

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£480

Winter Dreamer

By Nicola Wiltshire

£175

A Magician's Pause

By Nicola Wiltshire

£175

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Mananam

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Lego (The Couple)

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The Lovers

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Hospital Gown

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Chatsworth Road

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African Fabric

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White Cube

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Canoe Jon

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Clockwork Nicola

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90's Claire

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The Painter

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Mountain Beach

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Red Head

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The Dancer

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Jay and the Pussy Cat

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Indigo Black

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The Cairngorms (Green Hue)

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The Cairngorms (Ethereality)

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Oil Slump

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The Stretch

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Flowers After Matisse

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Tay Rail Bridge At Night

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Ten Minute Love

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Violet Light

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Aloe Vera

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Darling By Name

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Queen Takes Bishop

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Moonlight

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Psychic Night

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Reading Rooms

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Leona's Walk

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Shadow Self

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Thinking Girl

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Cleopatra

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Tentsmuir Forest (Purple)

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Dolly

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Magical Castle Wynd

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Liberty Underworld (The Cairng...

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Liberty Solidarity

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Behind Liberty Doors

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The Woods At Night

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Liberty Rolling Hills

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Down to the Woods Today

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A River Runs Through It

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Colours of the Night Forest

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Door to Pangea

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Walk of Life

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The Crossing

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The Wanderings (Muse)

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Memories of Spring

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Overlook

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From Across Patterned Depths

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Midsummer Bloom

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Flowers For Mondrian

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Liberty Jungle

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Strange Fruit

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Ivy Song

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Paisley Mingling

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When Days Were Long

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Dreamscape (Autumn)

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Ballet of Bromeliad

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Ivy Dance

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First Foot

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Dreamscape (Winter)

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Journey to Dreamworld (Thresho...

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Journey to Dreamworld (Genesis...

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Journey to Dreamworld (Crossro...

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Underworld (Void)

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Underworld (Gateway)

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Archaic Revival

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Wild Combination

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