Niggy aims to combine a modern perspective with classical techniques to create something beautiful and timeless. She is drawn to the luxury and the vitality that oils create, and in her work she always use vibrant colour and textures to draw the viewer in to her detailed and luscious compositions.
In her still lives she combine these principles, elements of natural and manmade beauty with hidden and unexpected moments of humour and decidedly non-still life, especially in the bees! Niggy is now developing these elements further with inspiration from the Dutch Vanitas still lives and modern still life photography. She hopes to make something that might initially seem ugly (rotten fruit, skulls) into something really beautiful.
She has also recently especially enjoyed taking her bees and other insects out of the still life context, exploring the idea that bees dance to communicate and can be seen both in a serious light (in their dwindling status) and a humorous way; they’re wonderfully cheerful and funny little creatures which symbolise summer and warmth to everyone who has ever sat in an English garden.
Mostly self taught, Niggy have exhibited extensively in national exhibitions, including the Royal Institute of Oil Painters and the Society of Wildlife Artists. She has been featured in several magazines, shortlisted and commended in national competitions, sold internationally, exhibits every year in the Affordable Art Fairs, and exhibits regularly in solo and group exhibitions.
June 2017 - Summer Exhibition, Fairfax Gallery, Kent
February 2017 - A Sense of Space, Lime Tree Gallery Bristol
October 2015 - Portrait Exhibition, Thompsons Art Gallery, Marylebone
June 2015 - The Artist Magazine Open Competition Finalist and Exhibitionist - Pro Arte Prize Winner
March 2014 - Solo Exhibition, Hybrid Gallery, Honiton
July 2013 - Worcester Contemporary Art Exhibition
Feb/March 2013 - Publication and interview in International Artist Magazine
October 2012 - Wells Art Contemporary 2012
July 2003 - High Commended RSPB WildArt, The Natural Eye, Society of Wildlife Artists Exhibition, Mall Galleries
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Niggy Dowler - 2016