Nicki Heenan studied Community Arts at Goldsmiths University, London in 2006. Nicki has a background in chemistry (Auckland University) and classical painting (Sydney) and is an international tutor in oil painting and cold wax medium in the UK, Ireland, US and Switzerland.
Nicki’s paintings are very much influenced by surface and substance.
Colour is intuitively rendered in multi-dimensional soft layers with glazing and wax infused with dry pigment. Nicki also works watercolours and pigments exploring new contemporary ways of working with these materials.
Key influences in Nicki’s work are writers and artists with a connection to the natural and ancient world. To examine details and in make depth studies of particular environments in Ireland, Nicki has undertaken residencies at the Burren School of Art and Ballinglen Arts Foundation where she is a Fellow. Work undertaken on residencies forms part of an ongoing research project into the Landscape and to the re-wilding of meadows and riverbanks.
In 2016 she featured on Sky Landscape Artist of the Year Heat 5 and in 2018 she was a tutor on the Faculty of Europe’s largest Plein Air Painting Festival AITO in Wexford, Ireland.
Nicki has been included in many group shows including the Open Exhibitions at Mall Galleries, London - ROI, NEAC, RBA, RI, SWA. Recently Nicki was made a member of the Royal Watercolour Society of Wales.