Power Station inspires debut exhibition from Nichole Dean

ABSTRACT artist Nichole Dean, who at 23 is already selling work in Britain and to a collector in New York, is the subject of a three-month exhibition at York’s Rowntree Wharf from today.

Figurative Study by Nichole Dean
Figurative Study by Nichole Dean

Yorkshire-born Nichole, educated at St Peter’s School in York and University College, London, says her work is inspired by abstract expressionism, revealing “previously unseen perspectives of the everyday”.

Her debut exhibition, in the building of the law firm Rollits, brings together early work with more recent pieces. Nichole’s influences are rooted in experience - from childhood trips to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park to a year spent studying in Rome. Inspired by abstract expressionists such as Robert Motherwell and Franz Kline, her art has at its core two competing concepts - material control and the effects of its loss.

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Realised in charcoal and oil, the exhibition explores the themes of organic and industrial structure. Works on display include pieces inspired by Yorkshire industrial scenes, with Ferrybridge power station a striking backdrop.

Nichole is currently based in London and working in a creative agency.

• Rowntree Wharf, Navigation Road , York YO1 9WE www.nicholedean.co.uk