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Nicole Irene Anderson

Visual Arts: Painting; term
Nicole Irene Anderson

Nicole Irene Anderson’s paintings depict complex environments where reality and unreality converge.

Working on panel, canvas, and paper, she combines painting and drawing media to create intricate, painterly surfaces where she juxtaposes thick paint, textured washes, and delicate graphite drawing. Her subject matter revolves around evocative, melancholic landscapes and enigmatic, figurative imagery. Her treatment of scale is deliberately arbitrary and non-perspectival, and often alludes to different time zones or planes of existence. Some recurring themes are: the technological sublime, humanity’s efforts at figuring out how to be human, doubt, empathy, and the creation of history.

Anderson was born in 1993 in Cambria, California. She studied at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, where she received an A.A. in Studio Art (2015) and an A.A. in Art History and Professional Practices (2015). She then studied at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco, where she earned a B.F.A. in Painting/Drawing (2017). Anderson has shown her work in various group exhibitions throughout the Bay Area and New York City. She earned the Louis and Lundy Siegriest Memorial Scholarship (2015), and the Ted Doyle Scholarship (2016) at the California College of the Arts. Anderson works at her studio in Healdsburg, California.



  • You Had it Coming, 2018, Oil, casein, and graphite on panel, 22 x 85 inches