October 11. 2015
In celebration of Frieze Art Fair, which features over 160 of the world’s most exciting galleries, we teamed up with local artist Nicola Wallis to feature her latest work – The Geometric Collection – currently showcased in our DAKS store windows in London.
Born in 1981 in Darlington, Nicola completed a BA Honors at Northumbria University in 2003 and went on to gain an MFA at the Slade School of Fine Art, London in 2006. Following on from Slade, she was given the Adrian Caruthers Award, enabling her to continue her practice for a further year. Today, Nicola continues to live and work in London and has a studio in New Cross Gate where she works as a full time artist.
Nicola’s works are a simple play of geometry influenced by architecture, fashion and modernist practices of fabrication. Forms are worked out in advance using foam board before being fabricated from wood. The painting process is more instinctive and is adapted and developed throughout the painting process.
Approaching the sculptural, they cast shadows which shift and change in the light whilst their painted surfaces explore the materiality of paint and its' application, painting as process and the interaction of colour. Paint application and painting techniques give a sense of depth whilst colour is used to give a sense of both movement and energy; it is used in way to describe the paradoxes between light, space and form, which encourage the viewer to experience them as three dimensional paintings.