108 x 154 cm | 42 x 60 in
Original painting in oil on gold fabric.
"Part of a large series of paintings entitled 'Contemporary Icons', exhibited at various locations throughout England and Scotland. 'Lithuanian Icon' and 'The Artist (Icon)' are part of a body of work that researches the transcendental purity of Christian Icon paintings. I tried to capture the lingering essence of the paintings I studied through shades of gold, blue and eyes that arouse our senses. As a painting, 'Lithuanian Icon' shimmers but also, I hope, she shimmers with a knowing curiosity not unlike the haloed figures on which she was based. She's an icon. She works in a nightclub whilst studying her degree in Politics. She wants to be a researcher for a news channel. People get angry when it's 3:07am and the bar's closed."
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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.