About

I produce abstract paintings in a process that is direct, spontaneous and improvised. I often work on unprimed canvas as I like the immediacy of the surface and use acrylic as it allows paintings to be made quickly on relatively small to medium size canvases. Gesture is all important and as my paintings are made regularly at different times of the day they are expressive of the moment in which they are made. No two paintings are particularly similar and sometimes difference becomes a defining factor with paintings sitting together in contrasting pairs or small groups of varying size. With particular reference to the history of abstract painting and the twin poles of modernism and minimalism, my work draws upon memory and experience. Steeped in an allusive and unsystematic approach that I relate particularly to some modernist poets, I feel my paintings tread a fine line between joyful playfulness and minimalist restraint.


CV/NICKY HODGE

TRAINING

1984–1985 Lina Garnade Foundation course, Camberwell, London
1985–1992 BA Hons Fine Art & Critical Studies (2:1), Central St Martin’s
1992–1993 Advanced Fine Art, Central St Martin’s
2013–2015 Post graduate diploma in Fine Art (merit), Goldsmiths College

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

Solo exhibitions
2018 low plains drifter, No Format Gallery, Rolt St, SE8
2016 Only a moon to soup her, Jeannie Avent, London SE22
2014 Mountains out of Molehills, Café Viva, Peckham, London SE15
2010 Multistorey solo show, The Surgery, Nunhead, London SE15
2008 Room, Camberwell Arts Festival, Orpheus St, London SE5
2005 Small Wonder, Seven Seven Contemporary Art, London E8
2001 Plot on the Landscape, Danielle Arnaud, Kennington, London SE11
2000 42+1, Whistles, St Christopher’s Place, London W1

Group exhibitions/events
2019 A Tapered Teardrop, curated by Karl Bielik,Terrace Gallery, Leyton, London E10
2019 Of Course I Haven't Forgotten, Warbling Collective, 155A Artists Space, London SE22
2019 We Only Have Fun On Certain Days, Warbling Collective, Stour Space, London E3
2018 Winter Group Show, Linden Hall Studio, Deal, Kent
2018 SFSA Painting Open 2018, No Format Gallery, Deptford, London SE8
2018 Let Me Know Before You Arrive, Warbling Collective, 145 Bethnal Green Rd, E2
2018 The Barren Slope, Safehouse 1, London SE15
2018 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Piccadilly, London W1
2018 Exceptional, Collyer Bristow Graduate Exhibition, London WC1
2018 Tomorrow's Daydream, AMP Gallery, Meeting House Lane, SE15
2018 Outpost, Bermondsey Artists Group, Shortwave, 100 Clements Rd, SE16
2017 Osman’s Xmas Bazaar, Studio 1.1, Redchurch St, London E2
2017 Painting Open 2017, Second Floor Studios, No Format Gallery, London SE8
2017 APT Open Studios, Creekside, Deptford, London SE8
2017 Small World, Manifest, PS Mirabel, Manchester 2017
2017 Creekside Open selected by Alison Wilding, APT Gallery, London SE8
2015 Tremulous video screened at Asylum Chapel, London SE15
2014 Zeitgeist Summer Show, Bond House, New Cross, London SE14
2013 Suppose an Eyes event, Alpha Nova Futura, Berlin and Chelsea College of Art
2012 Not(even)withstanding video (with Fritha Jenkins), Deptford X, The Lounge, SE8
2012 The Group, The Art Gallery, Abergavenny, Wales
2012 Grave Passions (with Naomi Graham & Fritha Jenkins) event at Nunhead Cemetery
2011 Watching Paint Dry, painting/performance, The Others, London N16
2009 Small Memories, The Art Gallery, Abergavenny, Wales
2009 Small Memories, Caxton Contemporary, Whitstable, Kent
2007 Close at Hand (co-curated with Gavin Maughfling), CAP Projects, London N1
2007 Start Your Collection, CAP Projects, London N1
2006 Talkshow, Lounge, Dalston, London N16
2005 Deptford X, Open Astra House, New Cross, London SE14
2004 In The House, Lauderdale House, London N6
2003 Sense and Nonsense, Danielle Arnaud, London SE11
2003 Picturesque, Tullie House, Carlisle Art Gallery
2003 Artfutures, Contemporary Art Society, London EC1
2002 Deptford X, London, SE8
2002 Artfutures, Contemporary Art Society, London EC1
2001 Round the Garden, Museum of Garden History, London SE11
2001 Bittersweet, Danielle Arnaud, London SE11
1999 Glass Border (co-curated with Nicky Coutts) Danielle Arnaud, London SE11
1993 Artists/Mothers, touring to Wolverhampton, Cardiff & London
1992 Landschaft, in woods near Buchenwald, Weimar, Germany