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Artist Profiles » Nicola Mcleay

Nicola McleayNewly relocated to Auckland from Dunedin, I am 26 and currently a part time Artist / Freelance Graphic Designer. In the near future I would like to further my knowledge at an academic level in Art History and Theology.

In 2004 I worked as a Graphic Designer for two separate companies. Surprisingly I found that it was not for me. I then moved on to being a Gallery Assistant, working as an Art and Framing Advisor at ‘The Rosslyn Gallery’ in Dunedin, which became the turning point in my choice of career. At The Rosslyn Gallery I felt most comfortable amongst all the wonderful pieces of NZ Art, surrounded by what I love, admire and appreciate. I really enjoyed every minute liaising with customers, fellow artists, marketing, selling, setting up exhibitions and generally promoting the business. Learning how an Art Gallery is run is very interesting and rewarding, which is why my long term goal is to start up my own gallery business. Incorporating my artwork plus that of other talented emerging NZ artists, making my gallery vision become a successful reality.

My whole life I had dreamt of going to Italy to see first hand the works of the great Italian Renaissance Masters, such as Michelangelo, Titian, Raphael, Giotto, and Cellini to name a few. Through studying Classics and Art History at High School I could thoroughly appreciate the magnificence of all the attractions especially around Rome. Being there and having this experience was a major inspiration to seriously start putting more time and experimentation aside for my painting. My passion for Painting started early on, my parents certainly noticed when I discovered drawing and painting all over their walls was great fun! My teenage years was when I really became intrigued with the beauty of the New Zealand landscape, really wanting to capture it on canvas with all sorts of mediums and media.

Now I mainly specialise my Art towards southern landscapes, using high quality Oil and Acrylic on canvas as my chosen mediums. I really enjoy what I do and take great pride in every individual concept of a Painting. Each one is unique but with a distinct style which I call my own.

2001 Otago University Double Major in Marketing and Design Studies, with a minor in Art History (BCApSc).
2005 – 2010 My ‘OE’ or overseas experience:travel around Australia, then to Singapore, London, Paris, Ireland and finally Italy. In 2010 I was also lucky enough to experience the USA, Canada and more of Britain.

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