'Mango Calla Lilies'
Oil on Canvas
Nicola Currie is a contemporary still life and botanical oil painter based in Worcester. She studied Fine Art at Worcester University and oil painting at Malvern Hills College and the Norfolk Painting School. Her paintings are inspired by her fascination with colour and reflective surfaces. This interest began in childhood when her father, who was in the textile industry, brought home sample designs by artists in different colour palettes. The way that the colour influenced the effects of the repeat patterns stayed with Nicola and today she often does preliminary studies in different colour palettes before working on a painting. Nicola is currently Artist in Residence at Spetchley Park Gardens near Worcester. Spetchley’s gardens provide a constantly changing source of material for her paintings. Working in the classical tradition of painting with contemporary designs, Nicola often uses thin transparent glazes of colour to produce highly translucent pieces. In the past few years she has developed techniques for painting on gold leaf. The gold provides an additional reflective surface and light source for her finely executed pictures. Nicola has exhibited widely in the UK including the Mall Galleries, the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, the New Gallery Walsall, RHS Rosemoor and she has had solo exhibitions at Worcester and Carlisle Cathedrals and Spetchley Park.