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Born in Santa Cruz California in 1974, Nicole Etienne grew up between redwood trees and suburban Silicon Valley. Her mother, an active artist, kept Nicole healthily covered in paint and dirt and nurtured her budding career with full access to her supply cabinet.

After moving to the Bay Area her family joined a liberal California utopian group which focused on human rights, anti-war activism, and the belief that by surrendering to a process of personal transformation they were to achieve a greater awareness of the earth and each other. Nicole was encouraged to be intuitive and explore.

It wasn't long before the conservative, buttoned-up world of Silicon Valley felt a little too parochial. She traveled widely, studying, painting and exhibiting, and in NYC Nicole was able to find her footing — and her voice. She has created work of sincere and tender human encounters. Painting lush groves with strong "angelic amazons" that blossom with sexuality and womanhood, she twists old myths with new, creating woman as the "romantic hero" in a world completely of her own.

Her technique copies the brightness of watercolor with the thickness of oil paint. A struggle between keeping the original marks of charcoal and the glow of the underpainting; and the desire to smear on thick hunks of paint until it melts together.

Nicole began her collegiate art education at UC Santa Barbara transferring to UC Santa Cruz where she received her BFA in 1997. She studied abroad at the Lorenzo Medici School of art in Italy and graduated with her MFA cum laude in 2009 from the New York Academy of Art.

She has painted and lived in Italy and Ireland and is currently living in Europe.

Nicole Etienne at work

Education:
UCSB, USA - Fine Arts 1992-1995
University California Santa Cruz, California, USA - Fine Arts 1995-1997
Lorenzo De Medici, Florence, Italy - Fine Arts 1996
New York Academy of Art, Masters Degree 2007-2009 cum laude

Residencies:
Cill Rialaig Artists Retreat, Ballinskelligs, Ireland 2001, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2010
Eden Rock St. Barthelemy 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013,2015

Selected Solo Exhibitions:
Enatsu Gallery, Tokyo, Japan 2001
The Berkeley Gallery, The Kilkenny Arts Festival, Ireland, 2003
The City Art Gallery, North Carolina, USA 2003
Urban Retreat Gallery, Dublin Ireland 2009
Boudoir, 286 Gallery London 2010
Bare Eden Rock gallery, French West Indies 2011
Movable Feast, Sloan Fine Art, Ny, Ny 2011
Atomic 13, The Eden Rock Gallery St. Barthelemy 2012
Into Blue, The Eden Rock Gallery St. Barthelemy 2013
The Chase, A 'One night stand' in Blake's Hotel London 2013
Menagerie Space Gallery St. Barts Feb 2014
The Great Escape, Mead Carney Gallery 2015
Mischief and Mayhem Gallery 49 Aspen Colorado 2016
Stories Untold in the Garden of Earthly Delights Grace Belgravia 2016

Selected Group Exhibitions:
Zantmans, Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, USA 2001
The City Art Gallery, North Carolina, USA 2002-2005
Wills Art Gallery, London, UK 2002-2010
New York AAF, 2004-2011
Ireland AAF, 2003, 2004, 2005
Sydney Australia AAF, 2004, 2005
Amsterdam AAF 2007 2008
Singapore AAF 2011
Bliss, London 2005, 2006
Take Home A Nude, New York Academy of Art 2008/2009
Summer Exhibition New York Academy of Art 2009/2010
Eden Rock Gallery St. Barthelemy 2010
Conceptually Sound, 2010
Sloan Fine Art summer exhibition 2010
A Desert in the Ocean, Lesley Heller Gallery, 2011
Scope Miami alix Sloan gallery 2011
Miami Basel, Cynthia Corbett gallery 2011
Exhibition Royal Western Academy, Coates and Scarry 2012
Cill Rialaig 21 Anniversary Exhibition, County Kerry Ireland 2012
Somerset House London, Josephine Ryan 2013
Young Masters Henley Exhibition, July 2013
Art Markt SanFrancisco, Cynthia Corbett Gallery 2013
Art Hamptons, Cynthia Corbett Gallery 2013

In Private Collection:
Getty family, Mural in Pacific Heights home, San Francisco, California USA
Yahoo founder, Palo Alto, California USA
Travelocity founder and C.T.O. San Carlos, California, USA
Pepsi, North Carolina, USA
Isle De France Hotel St. Barthelemy

 

Nicole Etienne

"Painting is just like love making. Sometimes slow, sensuous strokes of the brush and prolonged drags of charcoal are right. And other times quick splatters and fast lush swipes of color are the technical narrative a painting needs to reveal the story. One of my favorite artists, Eric Fischl, told me that if I am not feeling what I am painting, nobody else will either. I actualize joy while creating art, sort of rev up the engine and materialize sex, love, lust... whatever it is I am trying to evoke."
 
 

 

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