Nicola Semmens - Happy Days.
30 x 36cm, Oil on Canvas.
I graduated from the South Australian School of Art in 1991 where I studied sculpture, painting and drawing. After completing an Honours degree in 1996 in Screen Studies at Flinders University and after winning a ‘Young Film Makers Award’ in 1997, I was then inspired to work in the Film industry as a Production Designer working in short and feature films. After starting a family in the 2000’s I went back to painting as it seemed a simpler option than the intensity of the film industry, with young children at Home I was able to work my own hours. I have been exhibiting my paintings and drawings for many years at various venues around Adelaide such as Tin Cat Cafe, Art Images Gallery, The Governor Hindmarsh Hotel, One Rundle Trading, The Intercontinental Hotel in Adelaide and at the Hahndorf Academy. I was also a recent finalist in the 2017 Emma Hack Art prize, and a 2017 prize winner at the Friends of SASA ‘Journeys’ Exhibition at Gallery M.
As a realist painter, my works offer a contemporary take on traditional painting themes, adding visual twists and turns in order to create subtle surrealist distortions. The ancient Greek traditions of trompe-l’oeil also inspire and puzzle the imagination. And with these themes I hope to inspire the viewer to take a visual and imagined adventure to see the world ‘through the looking glass’ of wonderment.
Artist Statement: Put down your iphones and find your own rabbit hole! Whimsy and serendipity are explored in chance meetings between found objects displayed on a surrealist like stage. I encourage and cajole the viewer to see the world ‘Alice like’ in order to find themselves in an imagined portal into another world.