Nicola Green is one of Britain’s leading portrait artists, whose works feature in many private and public collections both here and around the world. Portraits and other works have been exhibited in the UK at the Courtauld, Dulwich Picture Gallery, the Walker Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery and many more. She is best known for her recent series In Seven Days…, seven silkscreen prints telling the story of her experience inside the 2008 Obama presidential campaign. These works have been acquired by, among others, the Library of Congress and the Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York, who called the work ‘an artistic and historic masterpiece’.
Nicola Green graduated from Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland, in 1998 with a Distinction in Master of Fine Arts (MFA) following a First Class Honours Degree in Drawing and Painting (BA), winning the Andrew Grant Bequest Scholarship in 1997 and 1998 and a Department for Education Scholarship in 1996. Nicola founded and directed Cockburn’s Gallery in Edinburgh which concentrated on showing the work of Scottish art graduates from 1993 to 1997.
Nicola is a Trustee of the charity Paintings in Hospitals and a Patron of the Prince’s Drawing School Drawing Clubs and is on the board of Edinburgh College of Art’s alumni council. She is based in London with a studio at Bruce Castle Museum, a residency at John Jones, and a studio in Finsbury Park.
Portraits of Mark and Emma Prichard
The portrait of Mark Prichard was selected for the 2008 BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery, London. “Oil paintings of children are fiendishly difficult to carry off; children’s faces are free of complex emotions, untroubled and unmarked by life’s trials. They are very hard to paint without looking chocolate boxy, but this Green has somehow achieved.” Sarah Vine in The Times, June 2008
An Olympic Portrait
As part of the Cultural Olympiad 2012, Haringey Council commissioned Nicola Green to run a series of visual storytelling workshops to create a portrait centred on Lord Sebastien Coe, Chairman of LOCOG. Nicola worked with children at Stamford Hill Primary School in Haringey, in which the pupils created artwork from images of different Olympic sports. Inspired by their work, Nicola developed 26 dynamic representations of athletes in action, illustrating the power of the Games to inspire a new generation. These border Seb Coe ‘Olympic Portrait’ which is mounted in the glowing Quasar Frame™ which glows without power, a metaphor for the light of the Olympic torch.
Photography credit: Roelof Bakker