Mary Jane Nicholson

Studio Building
Studio Interior
Studio Location
'Jackson Pollock as a Young Man', Acrylic on Canvas, 4' X 5' X 2", 2014
'Money Birds', Acrylic on Canvas, 4' X 5' X 2", 2013
'Chance', Acrylic on Canvas, 40" X 30" x 1", 2013
'Beasts', Acrylic on Canvas, 4' X 5' X 2", 2014
Mary Jane
Artist's Statement

Collectively the subject of these paintings revolves around themes of love, sex, desire, grief and passion. The work explores modern concepts of beauty.

Informed by Surrealism, Neo-expressionism and Classicism I am working with direct reference to the Modernist Canon. I consider my work to be personal and present the possibility of painting as a kind of catharsis-a means by which to unburden oneself of locked in secrets and desires. When making the work I deny myself a state of consciousness about what I am doing and why I am doing it so that all the decisions in the artistic execution rest in pure intuition.

I paint mainly from photographic images that I have selected from contemporary magazines,websites, blogs and other archives. Sometimes I collage disparate images together so as to suggest a new narrative.


I currently have a painting studio in NYC. I was born in England and was awarded a BA in Painting from Chelsea Collage of Art, London. I received an MFA from Hunter College, NY in 1995.
My recent group exhibitions include ‘Governors Island Art Fair’, NY; ‘Up Against It’, Munch Gallery, NY; “Head Shop”, Exile Gallery, Berlin; ‘Curatorial Contrasts’, BayArt, Wales; ‘Materialism’, Real Fine Arts Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; ‘Love for sale’, NY Art Book Fair, P.S.1, Queens, NY; ‘Troop48 NYC’, John Connelly Presents, NY and ‘The Zine Unbound: Kults, Werewolves and Sarcastic Hippies’, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, CA. A solo exhibition of my work, “Pause”, was held at Autoversion, Ltd in NY in 2007.
My work has been featured in Frieze Magazine, K48 Issues 4,5 and & 7, Artnet Magazine, V Magazine and NY Arts.