This summer Nicole is driving across Canada to make paintings, teach workshops, and work on various art projects in different cities across the country.
This summer Nicole is driving across Canada to make paintings, teach workshops, and work on various art projects in different cities across the country. A friend recommended Experiential, so Nicole contacted the Gallery.
We will be hosting Nicole for a Friday evening to do a live painting event!
Nicole Young paintings are explorations of contradictions. There is a push and pull across the picture plane. A soft wash interacts with a bold line, which is covered by collaged textile. The movement within the canvas reflects how each moment leads to the next. These moments are built up in layers, reflecting a call and response from each mark that is made.
Sourcing inspiration from the environment, fashion, calligraphy and collage itself, Nicole explores each of these elements in her work and reconciles these disparate items in a way that feels cohesive. Working on raw canvas, the collaged textiles are able to integrate seamlessly into the composition of her paintings. Her large spills and pours are reminiscent of gestural abstraction and action painting, and lines and marks that reflect letters and calligraphic shapes add a contemporary feel to the work. Natural pigments created by the artist interact with acrylic paints and mediums in ways that sometimes feel forced and separate, and at other times surprisingly natural.
These works are diaristic in nature, pointing to specific moments and a sense of a memory or events unfolding. The fabrics used always point to something specific to the artist, whether it’s a person or place, or a fleeting glimpse. The work is both familiar yet foreign, and evokes a sense of nostalgia and tip of the tongue phenomenology – something you know but can’t quite remember. It is a reminder that abstract art need not rely on pure abstraction.