Nicola Anthony is a London based artist creating both figurative and abstract drawings and sculpture. Her work is intricate and detailed, using ink, glass, paper, & found objects. Meanwhile, text, stories & voices are used as both materials & subjects. With a fascination in narratives & secrets, her work is inspired by language, memory, mapping, collecting, biological references & literary sources.
Her artwork can be found internationally at exhibitions, art fairs and literary festivals. She has been selected for her first museum show this winter at the Orange County Centre for Contemporary Art, USA.
Nicola Anthony has received exhibition sponsorship from Tate Britain, shown work at Tate Modern, and her work was recently auctioned by Christies auctioneers. She guest blogs for galleries and art magazines - her artwork & perspective can also be found in her writing for Trebuchet Magazine, and in a recent interview with SKY Arts who came to her London studio to check out her artwork.
On her work:
"I am fascinated with personal and cultural memory, and have explored this in my sculptures of inanimate objects which are personified. ‘An old post box’s tale’ is created using the post box’s story, laser cut into a paper form. My work also flirts with the cult of the confessional - today’s outspoken, self publishing & fame obsessed world - but attempts to turn this on the observer. I enjoy using unexpected and truthful material which resonates with us all & goes beneath the surface and the glamour, so my work is the opposite to what we could find on any reality TV show or twitter page. Recent sculptures have begun to parody the notion of throwaway conversations with ‘Twitter bird’, a bird form constructed using text laser cut into paper, sourced of course from Twitter. I am interested in the world beneath the superficial, I want to bring back our own slogans rather than be defined by brands, celebrities and false ideals. Instead of building glitzy barriers and devolving away from each other, I want my work to help us recognise the humanness of each other.”
First Prize Astra Zeneca Commission
National Open Art Competition Finalist, Astra Zeneca Commission Prizewinner