Nicola Green is an internationally acclaimed artist and visual social historian based in North London. She holds first class honours for her BA and MFA from Edinburgh College of Art.
Green began her career as a portrait artist in the late 1990s, working primarily in oils. Her practice developed to also incorporate acrylic painting, reverse glass painting, photography, silk-screen printing, drawing, textile design and gilding; these mediums are interchanged with ease and fluidity in her work.
Green has a unique approach, which she has developed over several decades. Green doesn’t wait until she is commissioned to create much of her work – she chooses her own subjects, takes the initiative and backs her own assignments for as long as it takes.
Inspired by her mixed-heritage children and multi-faith family, she seeks out some of the most important human stories around the world, as they are happening, and records them for future generations. She is driven by her belief in the power of the visual image to record these momentous events. She is committed to her role as a ‘witness’ in our turbulent and constantly changing world. Green explores themes of identity, race, faith, power, gender and leadership. Her approach has enabled her to gain access to iconic figures from the worlds of religion, politics, and culture.
Green gained unprecedented artistic access to Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. Between August 2008 and January 2009, Green was able to see for herself first-hand, Obama’s meteoric ascent to power as the first African-American President. She witnessed historic events, from the DNC nomination speech in Denver to Obama’s Inauguration in Washington D.C. During this unique opportunity, Green was behind-the-scenes- taking photographs, making sketches, and having conversations with press, staff, citizens, as well as Obama himself.
This culminated in her critically acclaimed work In Seven Days… a series of seven large-scale silkscreen prints. Green originally set out to create a portrait of Obama, thinking about the possible implications his campaign may have upon future generations, including those of her own children. She soon realised that the story unfolding was bigger than one occasion or than one man: it had captured the imagination of the global community as well as the American people. Green’s work In Seven Days... has received international acclaim – described by The Metropolitan Museum of Art as ‘an artistic and historic masterpiece’. It has been acquired by museums and private collections around the world, including Michelle and Barack Obama’s personal collection.
Green co-founded the Diaspora Platform, an initiative designed to deliver mentoring and professional development for emerging artists and curators from racially and culturally diverse backgrounds. This culminated in the critically acclaimed Diaspora Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale 2017 in which Green also exhibited her Bate Bola series exploring the merging of European, South American and African identity through the Rio Carnival.
Green is dedicated to providing mentorship, guidance and support for emerging artists. For 20 years Green has been mentoring and supporting aspiring artists from non-traditional backgrounds, and children with specific learning difficulties. Across the UK she has run art workshops supporting black, Asian, and minority ethnic young people working with art institutions and charities. Green mentored the late Khadija Saye, who tragically passed away in the Grenfell Tower Fire in 2017.
The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC
The Library of Congress, Washington D.C.
International Slavery Museum, Liverpool
Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
The Courtauld Institute of Art, London
Glenhurst Gallery of Brant, Canada
Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh
Sir John Soane’s Museum, London
Jewish Museum, London
Paintings in Hospitals, UK
Bruce Castle Museum, London
Royal National College for the Blind, Hereford
Edinburgh College of Art
Anti-Slavery International, London
BBC Radio 4 Sound Archive, London
Recent Solo Exhibitions:
2017 Solo Candida Stevens Gallery, Chichester, Sussex
2016 Flowers Gallery, London
2015 Jealous Gallery, London
2014 Jewish Museum, London
2013 Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool; Soane Museum, London; Australia House, London; Flowers Gallery, London
2012 Stadium Suite, Cultural Olympiad, Olympic Park, London
2011 Library of Congress, Washington DC
2010 Harvard University, Boston; Bruce Castle Museum, London
2007 Dulwich Picture Gallery, London
2005 Vinyl factory, London
Recent Group Exhibitions:
2018 Grayson Perry’s Room of Fun Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London; London Art Fair, Islington Design Centre, London
2017 The Diaspora Pavilion 57th Venice Biennale, Venice; Good Nature Candida Stevens Gallery
2016 Icon Candida Stevens Gallery, Chichester, Sussex
2015 Small Is Beautiful Flowers Gallery, London; Good Figures Mall Galleries, London; Good Figures The Downland Jerwood Gridshell Museum, Sussex
2014 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
2013 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
2012 BlindArt Moorfield Hospital, London; Cultural Olympiad Haringey, London; Pellafort Press London
2011 BlindArt Banbury Museum, Banbury
2010 Inspired by Soane The Soane Museum, London; Touching Art Touching You Hove Museum & Art Gallery, Brighton; East Wing Collection The Courthauld Institute, London
2009 Permanent Collection, Royal College for the Blind, Hereford
2008 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
2007 Permanent Collection, Ontario Glenhyrst Gallery of Brant, Canada; Boundless Menier Chocolate Gallery and Southward Council, London
2006 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
2005 Portraits 2005 Arndean Gallery, London; BlindArt Royal College of Arts, London
2004 New Sound New York The Kitchen, New York; Winchester Festival of Art & the Mind, Winchester; Retrospective 291 Gallery, London
2003 A Laughing Portrait exhibited at: Cork Arts Festival, Ireland; Port Eliot Literary Festival Cornwall; Royal Brompton Hospital, London; Your Shout Awards Winchester