100 x 30 cm | 39 x 11 in
Original painting in oil on purple linen.
"My paintings start with a coloured or patterned surface by stretching high-quality fabric over a wooden frame. I have developed a way of preparing these fabrics so that they can add something to the story of the painting. Painted on a heavy purple linen, Tentsmuir Forest (Purple) is part of an ongoing series that responds to the beautiful landscape of Tentsmuir Forest in Fife, Scotland. The painting captures organic shapes as they abstract from nature through the catalyst of my imagination. Trees are transformed into faces and letters, allowing the painting to reveal a layered story to the viewer over time. Painting on fabric instead of traditional cotton canvas, creates a beautiful surface texture, but is also more interesting when viewing the painting from the side."
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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.