• Nicky Foreman

In this new body of work Nicky Foreman continues her alchemic use of mixed media in a new exhibition of paintings and ‘altarpieces’ in oil and gold leaf on board.

“From a personal point of view, I have always found it easier to center myself in an ornate space and although there is a current push towards the pared back, I am attracted to the unbridled flamboyance of Baroque. The storytelling and emotion evoking imagery resonates with me and I have had visceral reactions to lapis and gold since my childhood, when I sought out travel books in the library. I also like the theatrical element of curtains opening and the story being revealed.

The altarpieces in the show present an outer shell and an inner hidden story. The imagery depicted all have their own unique meanings. The Magnolia represents perseverance, the Lily - protection, the Urn - holding, carrying, the Scallop – the Camino Pilgrimage, the Tree – growth and the use of Latin in my works (Incrementum, the title of the exhibition being a Latin word for growth) reflects the human condition facing the same struggles and questions throughout the ages.”

Nicky Foreman 2019

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  • Sunday 11am - 4pm


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  • Parnell, Auckland 1052