Lot 204 - Nicole Gagnum - Upside Down
Oil on Paper
A6 (15x10cm) Original Artwork
Signed on Verso
Nicole Gagnum is a Norwegian/American artist living and working in Barcelona, Spain. She was born in Great Britain and throughout her childhood moved to Canada, Greece, and back to Great Britain, where she finished her school studies. She then attended university at Bennington College in Vermont, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1984. Subsequently, she established herself in New York City, where she graduated with honors from Queens College, City University of New York, completing a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1987. Nicole Gagnum continued to live and work in New York City until 1992, when she moved to Barcelona, Spain to pursue her artistic career. Parallel to her work as an artist, Nicole Gagnum taught as a professor in Parsons School of Design, New York, U.S.A. from 1987-1992, and in EINA Escola d´Art I Disseny, Barcelona, from 1997-2010.
Bennington College, VT, U.S.A., Bachelor of Arts degree, 1981-84
Queens College, City University of New York, U.S.A., Master of Fine Arts degree, 1985-1987
Selected solo exhibitions:
2022 - Espai Casinet, ´Violets are Blue´, Masnou, Spain; 2020 - Esther Montoriol Gallery, ´Talk to me of Love´, Barcelona; Valgrassa Center for Experimental Arts, ´Rosella´, Begues, Spain ; 2017 - Can Sisteré Center for the Arts, ´Desfulla´m i Vola – Nicole Gagnum, mes d´una década recreant la flor´, Barcelona, Spain; 2015 - Casa de la Palabra, ´Alegoria de la Flor´, Barcelona, Spain; 2009 - ´Beads´, ESPAI-8 Gallery, Barcelona, Spain; 2008 – Alejandro Sales Gallery, Barcelona, Spain; 2005 - Museu d´Art de Girona, L´Espai, ´Belly Dance and Return´, Girona, Spain
Selected art fairs:
2015 - LOOP ´15 International Videoart Fair, Barcelona, (Esther Montoriol Gallery); 2007 - ARCO ´07 International Art Fair, Madrid, Spain, (Antonio de Barnola Gallery); 2006 - ARCO ´06 International Art Fair, Madrid, (Antonio de Barnola Gallery); 2005 – LOOP ´05 International Videoart Fair, Barcelona, (Antonio de Barnola Gallery); 2004 - ARCO ´04 International Art Fair, Madrid
Nicole Gagnum has exhibited with numerous galleries and art institutions in Europe and North America. Most notably, she has worked with various galleries in Spain, and is currently represented by Esther Montoriol Gallery in Barcelona. Her work has been exhibited on various occasions in both LOOP International Video art Fair in Barcelona and ARCO International Art Fair in Madrid, Spain.
Statement about AOAP Submitted Artwork
My art work revolves around the representation of the flower and the plant world. Flowers, while being symbols of beauty and femininity, are also windows or openings that transport me to other places. In this sense, I see them as both metaphysical and feminine; they unite the worldly and the otherworldly. These four oil paintings on paper form part of a new series of work titled ´All Creatures´, in which I incorporate insects and small animals, as a way of exploring and expanding possibilities within the narrative. Evolving through the juxtaposition of images, forms, and color, the imaginary scenes are reflective of intuitive, interior landscapes. I am interested in a playful development of composition and an emotional use of color, as a way of arriving at something essential.
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