Mary Jane Nicholson
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.