Artist: Nichola Campbell
Spring in the Air
Image Size: 50cm x 50cm x 2.5cm
Art Medium: Ink Painting on Wood Panel
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About The Artist
Working from my studio, I create Ink Paintings and Collages that convey my appreciation for the natural world. Inspired by the outstanding environment of Sussex and everyday natural 'treasures', my work depicts the local downland, forests and coastline and the shapes and patterns in flowers, fruit and shells. With lightfast inks, my paintings evolve using expressive, gestural brushstrokes and marks at my studio table, or working off the floor. I absolutely love using inks for their rich, sparkling colours - whether that’s with a brush, a blob or with a splatter and I continue to grow with every discovery.
Originally from Brighton, I studied at Eastbourne College of Art and Brighton Polytechnic/University (BA Illustration) in the late 1980’s and after a complete artistic break, I returned to painting in 2013 when I came back to live in Sussex.
My work can be divided into collections, each of which is quite unique and distinctive. My most recent series of work being my Framescapes in which the painting spills out onto and over the sides of the wood frame, making these as much 3-D artworks as as they are 2-D paintings. My wood panels series is a collection of atmospheric paintings of imagined places, but inspired by living in Sussex. My decorative collages are a series of mixed media artworks, in which I use my ink paintings and decorative papers as the means of telling a story.
Art Group / Exhibitions
I have been a member of the Chalk Gallery, artist-run cooperative in Lewes since 2016 and was its Chairperson 2019-2020. As well as being part of the Chalk community, I regularly participate in shows and exhibitions in and around Sussex and occasionally run Workshops on Collage.