Nicola Hepburn exhibits in’A Retrospective of Peace and Nature’
The show”A Retrospective of Peace and Nature”opened at the Ladder Gallery at NPCC yesterday evening with 24 years worth of artist Nicola Hepburn’s work.
The show features oil, acrylic and giclee on canvas works that range from Hepburn’s days as a boarding school student to her last show held just a few years ago. Hepburn last exhibited in”Peace and Nature”at Café Europa in 2006. Back then, the devastation of 9/11 had inspired her abstract works on peace.
Said the artist of exhibiting for the first time in a little over four years:”I wanted to show some paintings that never sold.”
The show also includes a number of paintings that have either never been seen or only shown once. Some of such works includes Hepburn’s”Kaleidoscope of Colour”, an abstract in warm tones and her”The Woman”, a portrait of a woman dressed in trendy clothing with her face hidden by a wide-brimmed hat. Hepburn made both paintings while at boarding school in Virginia.
“Still Life”, another little-seen painting, features what Hepburn identified as the”power pump”of the 80s. She did the painting during her time at Boston College.
“I took a Modern Art course and I became fascinated with modern art,”she said of resuming her painting in college after a pause in high school. The works of Mark Rothgo, Jackson Pollock and Willem de Koonig inspired her.
“It wasn’t until years later that I really got into abstract art,”she said.
The abstract work of her later years dominate the retrospective. Rendered in both stormy and soothing hues, the paintings represent an array of emotions and experiences. Hepburn reflects on peace and honors new life. She unites men and women and memorializes her dog Tipsy, a potcake who died in 2002.
“I should maybe call this’In Memory of Dogs’instead of just one dog,”she mused while standing in front of the painting, an image in shades of red, orange and yellow with a cross at its center. Hepburn has since made room in her heart for two new dogs Harry and Rusty.”I love my animals,”she said.
Some of the paintings trace the artist’s journey through feelings of depression. In her 1994 piece
“The Flowering Offering”, a bright spot in the earthy tones of the painting indicate the proverbial light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel for her at the time.
“There was a bright light coming out of the painting, which means I was getting better,”she said.
The artist is also a writer. Hepburn wrote articles on Bahamian artists whose work later helped to inspire her own in the early 90s forThe Nassau Guardianand What’s On. She continues to enjoy the works of Brent Malone, Stan Burnside, Toby Lunn and John Cox.
The artist considers the Ladder Gallery an appropriate place for her retrospective at this time.
“I think this is an inspiring place for me to have my show because, I’m not really an avid religion person, but I do believe in God and Jesu,s and with the strength of the religious force behind this organization, I think it’s a very good place for me to have me show,”she said.
“A Retrospective of Peace and Nature”will remain up at the Ladder Gallery for the next two to three weeks.