Artist Statement of Niki Purcell

Niki Purcell is an Irish Artist who graduated from NCAD with an Honours Degree in 1995 and has worked as an artist ever since, exhibiting extensively both internationally & nationally – including The Hugh Lane, The Guinness Hopstore and the RHA Gallery amongst others and her work can be found in many important collections including the OPW.

In her work Niki attempts to depict not objective reality but rather the subjective emotions and responses that her surroundings or subject arouse in her.

For her paint and the act of painting…creating a world or story on a canvas that can live and grow both in her head or the viewer’s imagination is the magic and purpose of her work. A painting should suggest/conjure up a whole of possibilities that can make each viewing a new experience.

Her landscape paintings evolve from her fascination with the interactions between the light, wind, sea and the landscape. Some of the paintings portray the effects of wind on the landscape (in particular trees) and the rushing restless cloudscapes of the sky, while others focus on moments of sheer stillness and the quiet calm of a summers day. In each work she tries to capture the magic relationships that occur between these elements so that an ordinary scene can be transformed in so many different ways depending on the play of light, wind etc.

Niki wants to catch and immortalise these moments of wonder and beauty that may otherwise fade and be lost in a fleeting moment…….