Lot 203 - Nettie Wakefield - 2 Metres Apart
Lot 203 - Nettie Wakefield - 2 Metres Apart

Lot 203 - Nettie Wakefield - 2 Metres Apart

Graphite on Paper
A6 (10x15cm) original artwork
Signed on verso

Nettie Wakefield (b.1987) is a British artist who lives and works between London and LA. It is human ephemera and the aspects of everyday life which tend to be over looked or taken for granted that for Nettie become a rich resource for artistic meditation. Taking as her subject matter, the backs of people’s heads as in her ‘Reverse Portraits’ – the owner always unknown, discarded beer cans, sweet wrappers and crumpled cigarette packets, Nettie imbues these commonplace subjects with a sense of both the uncanny as well as a certain poetry which speak of the humans to which they belong or have been discarded by. A striking discord exists between the evidence of life lived in constant flux and the manner in which these 21st century specimens are then immortalized by Nettie’s stark and uncompromising artistic attention. Rejecting the new wave digital era, Nettie’s commitment is to traditional forms of draughtsmanship such as drawing watercolour and most lately bronze casting. Through meticulous and highly focused powers of observation, Nettie isolates a moment or thing in space and time, often suspending it within an otherwise blank background as she grants it an importance it is usually denied. For Nettie, pencil is a medium she continually returns to. There is no hiding with pencil. It’s where so many artists have started; the source of the stream. Most people associate it with the beginning of something, a plan. For Nettie it is the main medium: the end product, it’s mononchomicity perfect for an artist who is far more interested in tonality than colour. While the speed of life becomes increasingly fast, Nettie views her work as an act of mindfulness, a slowing down of sorts, through which to take time over the act of looking, an effect also replicated in the viewer on encountering Nettie’s works.


She spent summers at the Charles Cecil studios in Florence before completing a foundation year at Chelsea College of Art, a BA in Art History at Leeds University and her Masters degree in Drawing at Wimbledon College of Art, graduating September 2013. 


UNIT GALLERY, Online exhib opening 11th June 2020, Unit London will stage an expansive online exhibition of Works on Paper. 'Drawn Together' will feature the work of over one-hundred and fifty artists from all over the world in order to raise funds for both Medecins Sans Frontières and World Vision.

SOHO REVUE GALLERY 'idle thoughts' August 2020

Art on a Postcard - International Women's Day - All Bright Members club, 2nd March 2020

ART WARS 9 - Old Brompton Gallery, 238 Old Brompton Road, SW5 0DE - 12th -19th December 2019

'CORNER SHOP' - Nettie Wakefield, Hayden Kays, Tobias Ross-Southall, David Shillinglaw, Lily Mixe, Mathew Lawrence - Soho Revue Gallery, 8-10 Brewer Street, London, W1F 0SE

The Ministry of Arts - Diversion ahead, 13th Nov 2019, 7-10pm, The Nave, Bishopsgate, EC2N 4AG

Affordable Art Fair Battersea showing with Jealous Gallery

Woolwich Art Fair showing with Jealous Gallery

OPEN STUDIO WEEKEND - The open studios event is a wonderful opportunity to let the day to day of London life disappear and come into a space where ideas thrive, creativity is celebrated as like to breathing and work is done and made for the pleasure of it. This is a free, annual event held over the course of a weekend that you are more than welcome to attend and be inspired, meet makers, buy artwork or simply eat good cake. Make Space Studios, Newnham Terrace, SE1 7DR


PAINTED BLIND - An Exhibition by Nettie Wakefield and Nichole Fitch - Soho Revue Gallery, 8-10 Brewer Street, W1F 0ED - 30th August - 25th September 2019

ART CARBOOT with Jealous Gallery 28th Sept 2019

Launch of Mark Hix's new book 'HOOKED', Illustrations by Nettie Wakefield - The launch will co inside with an exhibition showing all the illustrated works

ONE NIGHT ONLY - HIX ART - Downstairs at the Tramshed

11th June 2019 - 32 Rivington Street, EC2a 3LX

FACE VALUE 3 - Katie Piper Foundation - 'Dirty Work', Jealous Gallery East shown at Jealous North throughout May 2019

Jealous Gallery East group charity show with The Big Issue - 2019 pending 2020


12x12 The Stockroom Gallery, Group exhibition, Australia - December 2018

SOLO SHOW | 'BRANDY' - JASON VASS GALLEY - 1452 E 6th street 90021 | LOS ANGELES - Show will run 6 weeks until 21st July


Downstairs at the Tramshed - 32 Rivington Street, EC2a 3LX

Digital online campaign for KODAK x JIGSAW - In aid of International Women's Day, March 2018


CONTEXT MIAMI ART FAIR with Corey Helford Gallery - Herald Site, Biscayne Bay, Downtown Miami - 5-10 December 2017

SUBLIMINAL PROJECTS - Group exhibition, 1331 W. Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

BRITISH ART WEEKEND - blueprint fine art, Oxfordshire - 17th-19th Nov 2017

A tightly concentrated selection of art made by British artists, or artists working in Britain from the 1960's to the present day. The selection consists of around fifty museum quality works on paper and editions, paintings, photography and sculpture by some of the most iconic and respected names in modern and contemporary art.

NETTIE WAKEFIELD solo show - Beauty in the Ordinary, 3rd October 2017

Mary Lou room at The Groucho Club, ONE NIGHT ONLY - 45 Dean St, Soho, LONDON

ART BELOW REGENTS PARK - Group show, Le Dame Gallery, 1 Albany St, London NW1 3UP - Runs 22nd-229th Sept

ART BELOW Summer group show 2017 - 22nd June - 1st July, Rose and King galleries - 41 -43 Brook Street, W1K 4HJ

NO ARTIST NO ART LAUNCH - 19th June 2017, Lights of soho, Brewer St, Soho, London

One drawing in the permanent Soho House collection on display from Summer 2017 - Cecconi's, 53-83 Water Street - Dumbo, Brooklyn, New York

CONTEXT Art fair NYC - Corey Helford Gallery, Pier 94, 55th Street and West Side Highway, New York City, 3rd-7th May 2017

ART BELOW GOES TO LA - 13th Feb - 28th Feb 2017 / Group Show, Sur le Mer Gallery, Pacific Design Centre in West Hollywood


ART BELOW Anniversary tribute show - 28th October 2016, The Old Truman Brewery

Group exhibition of prints (three prints from residency at Dismaland)@ ART OF TREASON - 35 Gloucester Rd, Brighton BN1 4AQ

'QUEEN THEMED' : To celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday @ The Tabernacle in Notting Hill, London,

Selected works will also be displayed across posters sites at major tube stations across the London Underground from the 20th June

'Hung, Drawn and Quartered' : A group print show - The Exhibitionist Hotel, South Kensington, London, May 21st - July 21st

'Recording Britain Now: Society ' - JOHN RUSKIN PRIZE, Shortlist exhibition, The New Art Gallery Walsall - 25th February -17th April 

'EXPIRATION DATE' - London and LA based artist group show, Los Angeles, 27th January - 11th February 2016 - 5955 s western ave

1 piece to the new Soho House permanent collection from March 2015, Soho Farm House

2 pieces to the Groucho Club permanent collection on 45 Dean Street from Feb 2015

2015 :

'DISMALAND' - Banksy's Bemusement Park, At Tropicana, Weston Super-Mare - 22nd August - 27th September 2015

'#iSlip' in support of the free the nipple campaign - Wednesday, January 14 at 6:00pm 2015 in PST 1820 Industrial St, Los Angeles, CA 90021


'Illuminating the future' - Charity online Auction / Pop up Exhibition held by Christie's in aid of the Old Vic Theatre @ 35 Brewer st, Soho - Exhib opens to the public 25 JUNE- 3 JULY .2014

9th May 2014 - One night only - 'Dropr Artwall project' @ The proud Activist, Shoreditch

JERWOOD DRAWING PRIZE UK 2014 TOUR: Tour to Canterbury - 14 MARCH - 30 APRIL 2014 - Sidney Cooper Gallery, Canterbury

JERWOOD DRAWING PRIZE TOUR - Tour to Plymouth - 10 FEBRUARY - 6 MARCH 2014 - At The Gallery, Plymouth College of art and Plymouth arts centre

23rd January - 6th Febuary - Debut ---SOLO SHOW--- 2014 @ Rook and Raven Gallery, 7 Rathbone place, Fitzrovia W1T 1HN, London


JERWOOD DRAWING PRIZE 2013 TOUR - Tour to Newcastle - Hatton Gallery, Newcastle University - NOVEMBER 2013 – FEBRUARY 2014

Pop Up Show with fellow artist and friend Ed Haslam

'BACK TO FRONT' - The Nancy Victor Gallery

JERWOOD DRAWING PRIZE LONDON EXHIBITION - 11 September - 27 October 2013: Jerwood Visual Arts at Jerwood Space - 171 Union Street, London SE1

MA Graduate show at Wimbledon College of Art

Group exhibition: 'New contemporary Portraiture' - Rook and Raven Gallery, 7 Rathbone place, Fitzrovia W1T 1HN, London

Second Interim MA Drawing show at Wimbledon College of Art

Interim MA Drawing show at The National Gallery - Trafalgar Square, WC2N 5DN

About the postcard artworks

These figures are taken from a series i did called 'Lost in time and space'. The drawings are a visual representation of what social distancing felt like. A feeling of drifting through .