Nicole Thrower was born in 1999 in Charlotte, North Carolina. In spring of 2021, she will receive her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Nicole has already been included in various remarkable exhibitions including “2020 Annual Student Juried Show” at Rowe Arts Gallery at UNCC and “Everylife Foundation Rare Artist” at the Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. This year, she will be exhibiting her 2021 BFA show at UNCC. Post graduation, she plans to continue working in her home studio while pursuing gallery and residency opportunities. Nicole currently lives and works in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Art is constant, yet ever changing all the time. In this world of change art challenges us, the viewer and the maker, physically, mentally and emotionally all while comforting us. My work explores a duality of the figures' sublime beauty, contrasting with the darker motifs being revealed through the mark marking composing the work. The figures in my work are typically nude females depicted in motion. I have found a fascination with the human figure and expressing them in the nude - they have nothing to hide as they are being vulnerable and in power to the viewer. Typically, a form of narrative or emotion is explored through each work stemming from working intuitively. I strive to create work to cause my audience to think about the smaller and bigger pictures in life, of what truly matters and does not matter to them. I hope my audience questions the narratives and motifs that are explored and how they may continue thinking about the work in terms of one's own existence.
I typically have two approaches when creating my work. My paintings tend to be more subtle and focus on the transitions of shadow to light on the figures form. I find great interest in the softness of some figures and translate them into paint. The cropped compositions make the figure itself its own environment. With paintings I find it important to have an accurate drawing so I work from images to create paintings. The other process that I work with takes on a graphic approach. These works begin with a photograph and then rely on intuition to finish. I use ink with brush and non traditional materials such as spoons, sticks, etc. to allow a variety of mark making throughout the process. With these works I’m moved to express emotion through the density of the mark making. Most marks are made quickly as they’re intuitive however precise marks are utilized as well to create balance in the piece. If the drawing is not enough, I will translate it into a relief print where the print itself will create elements I would not have previously drawn. Printmaking allows endless possibilities for experimentation, allowing me to always discover something new with each new work.