The Hidden Place

June 10, 2009

Nicola Hicks

Filed under: Contemporary Painters — thehiddenplace @ 2:20 pm
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Nicola Hicks is known primarily for her extraordinarily textured sculptures of animals, people and hybrids thereof.  Here charcoal drawings and etchings have a brilliant balance between rough physicality and disintegrating ephemeral line.


There size is almost overwhelming, yet there is a delicacy in both the marks (despite their display of bravura) and in the material.  Thin brown paper was simply tacked to the wall of the gallery when I last saw here work.


There is some truth in Flowers Gallery’s claim that her work “often combines charm and menace in equal and sometimes devastating measures”.



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