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Nicola Stratton Tyler
Nicola’s magical Cornish sunsets combine the mysterious qualities of both abstraction and detail using a vibrant palette, whilst her scudding East Anglian skies and their intriguing shadows and reflections have purposeful looseness that any admirer of Impressionism will enjoy.
After completing her MA (Hons) in History of Art at Edinburgh University, she has spent more than 20 years as a Fine Art valuer working for Christie’s and Bonhams and more recently independently.
Many years of studying great works of art at first hand brings a strong knowledge of the history of painting to her work. Simultaneously Nicola has also continued to pursue her own fine art studies, in various media, including sculpture, before concentrating on plein air oil painting, which has been for her, the perfect fit.
Having grown up on the rural Essex/Suffolk borders she has spent her life observing and understanding the landscapes and seascapes of East Anglia and that of North Cornwall, (where she has spent long periods of time since childhood). These two opposing landscapes provide the inspiration and foundation for her work.
Nicola is fascinated by natural forms, the power of nature and the transience of light. She senses so much movement and colour in the world around her and seeks to translate those intangible qualities into her work.
In 2019 and again in 2021, Nicola was shortlisted for the Sir John Hurt Art Prize, she has exhibited at the Mall Galleries, London, and her works are held in private collections and public institutions both nationally and internationally.