Nicholls’ First New Orleans Exhibit At Martin Lawrence Gallery To Explore Artistic Soul Of New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS – Martin Lawrence Gallery New Orleans invites the public for the unveiling of an exclusive new body of work capturing the history and mystery surrounding the artistic soul of New Orleans. Art lovers will have the opportunity to meet artist Anne Faith Nicholls and acquire her latest original creations at her first New Orleans exhibition “Strange Botanica” during the opening reception on Saturday, Sept. 9, at the Martin Lawrence Gallery, 433 Royal St., from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
At the event there will be entertainment and light refreshments, and the exhibit will run through the end of September.
“Dreams reveal truths concealed,” said artist Nicholls.
Critics said Nicholls is a truly unique addition to the contemporary art scene, providing a refreshing look at the soul of the modern woman and artist. Born with a backwards heart, Nicholls has an inner strength that is inspirational and captivating.
Her sense of adventure and exploration began in Victoria, British Columbia. Restless to travel to new places, she made her journey south to San Francisco, graduating from the Academy of Art University, and then on to Los Angeles where she resides today. She has traveled the world with a focus on studying the masters. This commitment to traditional painting has contributed to the development of her own unique style of utilizing both oil and acrylic to achieve a signature layered look and a saturated, antiqued, color palette.
Nicholls’ early career success began in the California Pop Surrealist and “Low Brow” movements, appearing regularly inJuxtapoz Magazine, and as a Van’s Artist Brand Ambassador. However, she hesitates to confine herself to recent contemporary movements, citing inspiration from Surrealist and traditional painting as more key to her work, reps said.
Nicholls’ style is best described as Neo-Surrealism, or Neo-Folk-Surrealism, drawing inspiration from early American and European Folk Art; French, Mexican and Spanish Surrealism; and Society Portraiture of the late 19th and early 20thcenturies. Her favorite painters are René Magritte, Frida Kahlo, Neo Rauch, Ingres, Alex Katz, Chuck Close, Mathew Barney and Marcel Duchamp. She also came up in the Los Angeles art scene showing alongside some of her mentors including Elizabeth McGrath and Mark Ryden. Nicholls cites the Surrealist Manifesto as an inspiration in many of her narratives and emphasizes the subconscious or the dream state in the core of her imagery.