Nicola Galloway

Artist Member

I am an artist and teacher. I graduated from Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen, in 1994 with a BA(Hons) 2:1 in painting and also completed a Masters in Fine Art there in 1997. Between 1994 and 2006 I spent various summers at the Cyprus College of Art Summer School.

Between 2006-2011 I taught abroad (mainly in the Middle East) to pursue my interest in Ancient Egyptian history and culture. I had been painting deserts for years, but wanted to experience visiting a real desert to see if the heat and colours would influence or change the direction of my paintings in some way.

The main theme of my work has always been “journey” – essentially my own personal interpretations and imaginings of the afterlife and those that inhabit it. Inspired from religion and mythology (Egyptian, Roman & Greek).

My paintings always contain an assortment of misplaced and contemplative characters that appear to inhabit an anonymous semi abstract landscape. The figures appear frozen in the moment or lost in their thoughts. Isolated in a form of static limbo, and unable to move forward due to an emotional or sometimes physical barrier (such as being stuck in sand). As viewers, we are interrupting a specific moment of their journey.

The paintings I am submitting here reflect an internal search for something which is lost.