Artist Statement

My collages explore a dialogue between paint and paper. They reflect a process of lyrical play with cut and torn forms from new and heavily worked materials which I distress using wax and paint. I love the process of distressing the paper and canvas before I start to collage and then incorporating these historic materials alongside new paper or a cleanly painted surface. There is a tension between the new and the old and the balancing of the shapes that I find endlessly fascinating


Nicky Knowles was born in London in 1970. Raised in Cambridgeshire, she familiarised herself from an early age with mid century British painting and the St Ives school of artists through Jim Ede’s collection at Kettles Yard in Cambridge.

Nicky works intuitively, putting down colour, marks and shapes in paint and paper aiming to create an image of balance and unity. 

Nicky’s collage work echoes the mid century British art scene that she so admires but she has also developed her own distinguishable style which is both strong in its confident use of scale, mark making and lyrical composition.


Selected Solo Shows

2018 ‘Paper Lands’, Hubnub Gallery, Frome
2017 Drawing Exhibition, Kobi and Teal, Frome
2016 Andelli Art, Upper Breach, Wells
2006 New Gallery, Royal West of England, Bristol
2005 Cube Gallery, Bristol
2003 Cube Gallery, Bristol
1999 Black Swan Arts Round Tower, Frome
1997 Black Swan Arts Main Gallery, Frome
1999 New Gallery, Royal West of England, Bristol

Mixed Exhibitions

2018 London Art Fairs (Hampstead, Battersea) with Edgar Modern
2018 JP Arts Consultancy Spring Exhibition, London
2018 Bath Society of Artists Open, Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Bath
2017 London Art Fair (Islington, Battersea) with Edgar Modern
2016 RWA Open, Bristol
2016 Wells Art Contemporaries, Bishops Palace, Wells, Somerset
2016 London Affordable Art Fairs with Edgar Modern
2012 Circus, Frome Festival, Somerset
2012 Black Swan Arts Open, Frome, Somerset
2012 Where Angels Tread, Hindringham Church, Norfolk
2011 Inside Out, Frome Festival, Frome, Somerset
2010 BLUE – looking at Woad, Rook Lane Chapel
2006 Mixed Show, Byard Art, Cambridge
2005 Mixed Show, Campden Gallery, Chipping Campden, Glos
2005 Mixed Show, Byard Art, Cambridge
2005 DRAW, Mixed exhibition at Mivart Studios
2004 Autumn Exhibition, RWA, Bristol
2003 Bristol Affordable Art Fair, Battersea Art Fair London, Dublin Art Fair, with the Cube Gallery
2003 Autumn Exhibition, RWA, Bristol
2003~8 Cube Gallery, Bristol
2003~5 Number Nine Gallery, Birmingham