Artist Biography

Nicola Green was born in 1972 and grew up in London. She graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland in 1998 with a Distinction in Master of Fine Arts (MFA) following a First Class Honours degree in Drawing and Painting (BA). Whilst at university she founded and directed Cockburn's Gallery in Edinburgh, which concentrated on showing the work of Scottish art graduates in 1993-1997. She moved back to London in 1999 and has been based there ever since.

Green is an English portrait artist who rose to prominence in the late 1990s, earning international acclaim for her keen ability to draw out the essence of her subject, whether observing an individual or exploring wider social and cultural issues. She seeks to reveal human stories by creating her finished work from extensive primary material. In the last ten years she started to apply her own interests and experience in her work to embrace social themes of identity, faith, power and leadership.
When Green began her work as an artist, she primarily worked in oils. Her practice quickly developed to include print-making and photography and these mediums are inter-changed with ease and fluidity in her work. Green works in a three step process. Initially she works to understand her subject, by gathering her research, taking notes and photographs, sketching as well as collecting newspapers, magazines and other paraphernalia. She then experiments with pattern, collage and repetition and reduces profile, gesture and context to the minimum required to maintain critical form. Finally, working on colour and composition, she produces her definitive work.

Her work has been acquired by renowned public and private collections all over the world including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Courtauld Institute, London and the Library of Congress, Washington. She has exhibited widely in the UK including the National Portrait Gallery, London, the Dulwich Picture Gallery, London and the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool. She is a trustee of the charity Paintings in Hospitals, a patron of the Prince's Drawing School Drawing Clubs and is on the board of the Edinburgh College of Art's alumni council. She won the Andrew Grant Bequest Scholarship in 1997 and a Department for Education Scholarship in 1996.
Recent Solo Exhibitions:

Australia House, London
Soane Museum, London

Flowers Gallery, London
Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

Stadium Suite, Olympic Park, London

Library of Congress, Washington DC

Harvard University, Boston

Bruce Castle Museum, London

Dulwich Picture Gallery, London­

Private Collectors:

Hannah Rothschild
Nigella Lawson
Elle Macpherson
Alex & Elinor Sainsbury
Richard Curtis & Emma Freud
The Right Honourable Tony and Cherie Blair
Nick Lloyd Webber
Lord and Lady Hollick
Lord and Lady Falconer
Gavin Turk
Isaac Julien
Sir George Martin CBE

Public Collections:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City
The Library of Congress, Washington D.C.
The Courtauld Institute of Art, London
Glenhurst Gallery of Brant, Canada
Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh
Sir John Soane's Museum, London
Paintings in Hospitals, UK
Bruce Castle Museum, London
Royal National College for the Blind, Hereford
Wood Green Library, London
Anti-Slavery International, London
Royal Brompton Hospital, London
BBC Radio 4 Sound Archive, London
Recent Group Exhibitions:

Good Figures, Mall Galleries, London
Good Figures, The Downland Jerwood Gridshell Museum, Sussex

Small is Beautiful, Flowers Gallery, New York
The Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London
Local Reflections: Nelson Mandela and the Haringay Anti-Apartheid Movement, Bruce Castle, London
London Art Fair, Business Design Centre, London

Art, Election and History, Flowers, London
Recent Prints, Flowers, London
Small is Beautiful, Flowers, London
Multiplied, Christie's, London 
Pulse Contemporary Art Fair, New York
The London Print Fair, Royal Academy, London

The Loughborough Hotel, London

BlindArt, Moorfield Hospital, London

Cultural Olympiad, Haringey, London
Pellafort Press, London

BlindArt, Banbury Museum, Banbury

Inspired by Soane, The Soane Museum, London

Touching Art Touching You, Hove Museum & Art Gallery, Brighton
East Wing Collection, The Courthauld Institute, London

Permanent Collection, Royal College for the Blind, Hereford

BlindArt, Museum of Modern Art, Wales
BP Portrait Award, exhibited at: National Portrait Gallery, London; Wolverhampton Art Gallery; Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museum; Aberystwyth Arts Centre
A Sense of Space: The Blind Culture, exhibited at: McIntosh Gallery, Western University, Ontario; Glenhurst Gallery of Brant, Canada
Touching Art Touching You, Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro
On Time, The Courthauld Institute, London

Permanent Collection, Ontario Glenhurst Gallery of Brant, Canada

Boundless, Menier Chocolate Gallery and Southward Council, London

BP Portrait Award, exhibited at: National Portrait Gallery, London; Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museum; Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
Blind Art USA, exhibited at: National Public Library for the Blind, New York; British Embassy, Washington D.C.
Shoes - The Agony & Ecstasy, exhibited at: Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead; Norwich Castle Museum; Cartwright Hall Art Gallery, Bradford; Tully House Museum, Carlisle

Portraits 2005, Arndean Gallery, London

BlindArt, Royal College of Arts, London

New Sound New York, The Kitchen, New York

Winchester Festival of Art & the Mind, Winchester
Retrospective, 291 Gallery, London

A Laughing Portrait, exhibited at: Cork Arts Festival, Ireland; Port Eliot Literary Festival, Cornwall; Royal Brompton Hospital, London; Your Shout Awards, Winchester
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