Nicola Green is a portrait artist who has a keen ability to draw out the essence of her subjects. When she began making work in the 1990s, it was primarily in the medium oil on canvas; her practice has now expanded to include photography and silkscreen printing. In the last ten years she started to apply her interests and experience in her work to embrace social themes of identity, faith, power and leadership.
Green works in a three-step process when making her work. Initially she works to understand her subject, sometimes travelling extensively to gather her research, taking photographs and sketching as well as collecting newspapers, magazines and other paraphernalia. She then experiments with pattern, collage and repetition. Finally, working with colour and composition, she produces her definitive work.
Born 1972, Green graduated from Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland. She founded and directed Cockburn's Gallery in Edinburgh, which concentrated on showing the work of Scottish art graduates in 1993-1997. Her work has been acquired by renowned public and private collections globally including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Courtauld Institute, London and the Library of Congress, Washington. She has exhibited widely in the UK including the National Portrait Gallery, London, the Dulwich Picture Gallery, London and the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool. She is a trustee of the charity Paintings in Hospitals, a patron of the Prince's Drawing School Drawing Clubs and is on the board of the Edinburgh College of Art's alumni council. She lives and works in London.