Nicole Etienne


Nicole Etienne
b. 1974 Santa Cruz, California.

Lives and works in London, UK

I gather, layer, collect, scrape, shatter, expose, photograph, play and dream.

Nicole Etienne’s practice probes the beauty inherent in the atmosphere between the sky, land and sea; exploring the play of light upon water in an aesthetic, emotional, and visceral level. She does this by appealing to our to our senses and our intuition, and by drawing on earthy materials like aluminum, silver, gold, crystal and semi precious stones. The finished work has an illuminated, romantic, powerful yet delicate presence, which captures the shift between reality and paradise.

“The landscape too, is a force for the painter; Etienne’s are dense studies of atmospheres that at the same time are filled with transparent depictions of light and sensory color — they are abstract only in the sense that they are recreated from memory, and provide again that invitation to the viewer that makes all of Etienne’s works a gesture of welcome.” By Philip F. Clark the art point blog

Born in Santa Cruz, California, where her mother was also a painter, Etienne traveled to Italy to explore the history of Western art. There she discovered the great classic and Baroque masters who inspired her work greatly: languid female nudes, contoured flesh, or the red and pink tones that dominate delicate complexions, evoking the palette of a Rubens; Landscapes whose lines disappear under a veil, at the very moment before or after the sunset…” by Hugo Lattard


Cill Rialaig Artists Retreat, Ballinskelligs, Ireland 2001, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2010

Eden Rock St. Barthelemy 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013


UCSB, USA – Fine Arts 1992-1995

University California Santa Cruz, California, USA – Fine Arts 1995-1997 Lorenzo De Medici, Florence, Italy – Fine Arts 1996

New York Academy of Art, Masters Degree 2007-2009 cum laude

Selected Solo Exhibitions:

Enatsu Gallery, Tokyo, Japan 2001

The Berkeley Gallery, The Kilkenny Arts Festival, Ireland, 2003 The City Art Gallery, North Carolina, USA 2003

Urban Retreat Gallery, Dublin Ireland 2009

Boudoir, 286 Gallery London 2010

Bare Eden Rock gallery, French West Indies 2011 Movable Feast, Sloan Fine Art, Ny, Ny 2011

Atomic 13, The Eden Rock Gallery St. Barthelemy 2012 Into Blue, The Eden Rock Gallery St. Barthelemy 2013 The Chase, A one night stand in Blake’s hotel London 2013 Forage, London 2013

‘Afterglow’, Space Gallery St. Barthelemy 2014

Selected Group Exhibitions:

Zantmans, Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, USA 2001

The City Art Gallery, North Carolina, USA 2002-2005

2005 Wills Art Gallery, London, UK 2002-2010 New York AAF, 2004-2011 Ireland AAF, 2003, 2004, 2005 Sydney Australia AAF, 2004, 2005 Amsterdam AAF 2007 2008 Singapore AAF 2011 Bliss, London 2005, 2006

Take Home A Nude, New York Academy of Art 2008/2009 Summer Exhibition New York Academy of Art 2009/2010

Eden Rock Gallery St. Barthelemy 2010

Conceptually Sound, 2010

Sloan fine Art summer exhibition 2010

A Desert in the ocean, Lesley Heller Gallery, 2011

Scope Miami Alix Sloan gallery 2011

Miami Basel, Cynthia Corbett gallery 2011

Summer Exhibition Royal Western Academy, Coates and Scarry 2012 Cill Rialaig 21 Anniversary Exhibition, County Kerry Ireland 2012 Somerset house London, Josephine Ryan 2013

Young Masters Henley Exhibition, July 2013

Art Markt SanFrancisco, Cynthia Corbett Gallery 2013

Art Hamptons, Cynthia Corbett Gallery 2013

Los Angeles Art Show, Littletopia 2014

In Private Collection:

Getty family, Mural in Pacific Heights home, San Francisco, California USA Yahoo founder, Palo Alto, California USA Travelocity founder and C.T.O. San Carlos, California, USA

Pepsi, North Carolina, USA

Isle De France Hotel St. Barthelemy

Jane and David Mathews Eden Rock Hotel, St. Barthelemy Stelios Haji-Ioannou founder of Easy Jet

Richard Blumenthal

Linda Morgan of Ralph Lauren NYC


Maryam Eisler author and on acquisitions board of Tate modern UK Amy Hussey COO All3Media, Los Angeles

Nadia Zahmoul, London

New York Studio highlighted in television show “A Queer Eye for a Strait Guy” 2005

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