Nicola Grellier was born in 1966 in Toronto, coming to England soon after. She studied at Wimbledon and Chelsea Schools of Art 1984 – 1988 and has mainly lived since 1990 in Stroud, Gloucestershire where the landscape and mills provide a great resource for many artists and makers.
Nicola Grellier is a figurative artist with an interest in people, bodies, chairs, interiors, old buildings and she often revisits a small menagerie of animals from dogs to wolves, deer, bulls and boar. She draws in charcoal and pastel and paints in oil on canvas and board with a strong colour palette complimented by a more abstract employment of collage.
Collage and paintings are made simultaneously, each process informing and balancing the other whilst drawing is the most important part of Nicola’s practice both in it’s own right and as part of the painting/collage act. She has a true love of line and accident in drawing.
Much of Nicola Grellier’s current work is of ageless characters in states of dressing-up.. playful, mysterious, uncertain memories of childhood happenings in paint, drawing, collage and print.
Current large scale drawings FUTURE GIANTS can be seen at The Malthouse, GL6 6NU and collage in ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE curated by The Donnelly Sisters at Bisley House GL5 1DZ
Grellier was shortlisted for Jerwood Drawing Prize 2016.