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Deirdre Nicholls

Deirdre Nicholls


Preferred Medium: 
Bronze, clay, stone
Preferred Style: 
Classic figurative
Describe the extent of your talent as an artist: 
My passion is portraiture and my aim is to create a psychological portrait as much as a likeness.
Describe your early memories of your emerging talent as an artist?: 
Watching my father carve stone in his studio in Lasswade...
Formal Training: 
Liverpool School of Art, Fine Art Foundation Course
Winchester School of Art, Sculpture & Printmaking (BA Hons)
Other influences: 
Winchester School of Art in the 70's was a very exciting place. Run by William Crozier, there were people like Norman Ackroyd teaching us etching, John Bellany running riot around the studios, Patrick Heron giving us still memorable master classes in colour work, and a great rich variety of visiting lecturers keeping our minds open.
Admired Artists: 
Brancusi. Epstein, Claudel, Andy Goldsworthy, Amish Kapoor, Anthony Gormley, Donatello, Marino Marini, Barbara Hepworth, Giacometti, Rodin, Henry Moore
Edward Ardizzone, Shirley Hughes, Ralph Steadman, Raoul Dufy, Edmund Dulac, Arthur Rackham,
Role of figurative art: 
Figurative art to me is about expressing the human condition; by evoking emotions, creating a stillness, or simply making one wonder. It demands great technical competence as well as sensitivity and an ability to connect with your sitter. A good portrait should impact first on the senses, and only afterwards should the technique be apparent. The technique should ideally be at a state of competence such that it appears to be effortless and a natural phenomenon. In portraiture, it is the subject who matters; the artist should take a back seat.
Favorite Gallery: 
The National Gallery of Scotland
Other Interests: 
My love of Scotland and its wild beauty is a never ending source of inspiration. I go on expeditions with watercolours, oils and canvasses and freeze whilst trying to capture the form of the mountains under the snow, and I draw wherever and whenever possible.
A one line summation of your relationship to art: 
I create Art because I can't not.