118 x 154 cm | 43 x 57 in
Original painting in oil on African fabric.
"'Lithuanian Icon' and 'The Artist (Icon)' are part of a body of work that research 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. Many of the oil paints used are hand ground from loose pigment and linseed oil. Part of my 'Contemporary Icons' paintings, a series which explores the relationship between traditional (often religious) iconography versus what is popular now. This painting depicts a typical artist/curator in her natural habitat. She reminds me of London."
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Nicola Wiltshire’s paintings hold absorbingly bold forms, which immediately capture the viewers’ attention. In August 2018 we listed Nicola in our investable art section read more here and she has been selling very well over the last 18 months, since, infact she was listed as an artist to watch in The Guardian last year - read more here, since then she has held 4 solo exhibitions, participated in a number of group shows, received Pittenweem Art Festival’s Bursary Award and held a six-month Artist Residency at Halley Stevensons, who manufacture waxed cotton for clients such as Barbour from their Dundee factory. More recently, she 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.