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'The Light Still Shines' - A Celebration of Still Life Oil Painting

19 Jul - 31 Jul 2022 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

This planned exhibition of still life oil paintings by Nicola Currie was postponed in 2020 due to the pandemic. The work in this rescheduled solo exhibition brings together paintings completed during lockdown until the present. Home-based for much of this period the artist’s work provides a reflection on the extraordinary beauty of the natural world and everyday objects.

Nicola writes of her work: “My subjects are the stuff of everyday life – an egg, a flower, a piece of fruit, an isolated pot discarded in a charity shop. For me the ordinary can be extraordinary, it is just a matter of looking. From each ordinary object an idea slowly develops into a painting composition, which, like a musical composition, brings together colour, rhythm and pattern. The use of light and reflective surfaces helps to bring the composition alive.

“A theme I often explore in my paintings is about ways of seeing. Before I became a full time painter, I was also head of art at New College Worcester, a college for blind and visually impaired young people. This helped me appreciate even more the many different ways people see and perceive art. The use of images within reflective surfaces in my paintings often hints at the world beyond the painting, an implied story.

"The intense blue in the windows of Chartres Cathedral was one of the things which first inspired me on my artistic journey. When I was a child my father, who worked in textiles, used to bring home samples of designs in different colour palettes and I remember being fascinated by them. Colour is still my inspiration and constant fascination."

Nicola Currie is a painter of contemporary still life and botanical art based in Worcester. Her oil paintings are inspired by the beauty of the natural world. She is currently Artist in Residence at Spetchley Park Gardens near Worcester, which are often the starting point for her paintings. Nicola works in the classical tradition of painting but her use of colour and subject matter is contemporary. A recent development in her work is the creation of very detailed floral paintings on gold leaf, the gold providing an additional reflective surface to her finely executed pictures. Nicola has exhibited widely in the UK.

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