Biography and CV

Figurative oil painter Nicole Sleeth comes from a traditional art atelier background. She merges a love of classical tradition with post-contemporary figurative subjects, and incorporates a focus on the physical aspect of paint to communicate and connect.

Nicole’s current work shows a stark, refreshing and confrontational treatment of the oft-depicted female nude.  She paints large scale depictions of nude women who engage and actively challenge the viewer, holding them accountable for their stare and ultimately questioning the relationship between the viewer and the viewed. Working with careful attention to paint application, Nicole brings a physicality to her work that toys with the line between viewing a painting and connecting with another human.

Born in Kingston, ON and trained in Ottawa and New York City, Nicole established a studio atelier in Vancouver from 2011-2014. Presently, she lives and works in Victoria BC.

Select works available at the Massey Sales Gallery, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria BC.

Education:

  • 2016  Max Ginsburg workshop, Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio, Langley WA
  • 2014  Alyssa Monks workshop, New York Academy of Art Continuing Education
  • 2014  Christopher Pugliese workshop, New York Academy of Art Continuing Education
  • 1998-2006 Bob Grant’s Fine Art Studio, Ottawa ON
  • 2002  Anatomy of Portraiture – Dana Brezina, Ottawa ON
  • 2002  Human Anatomy for Artists – Dana Brezina, Ottawa ON
  • Bachelor of Commerce (Honours), University of Ottawa

Select Solo exhibitions:

  • 2013  Maintain, Performance Works Theatre, Vancouver BC (juried)

Duo exhibitions:

  • 2013  Nicole Sleeth and Victoria Macfarlane, Hycroft Gallery, Vancouver BC (juried)

Select Group Exhibitions:

  • 2017 Sooke Fine Arts Show, Sooke BC (juried, upcoming)
  • 2017 Moss St. Paint In, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria BC (juried)
  • 2017 Unseen Spaces 3, Chinatown studio tour, Victoria BC
  • 2017 About Face, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria Massey Sales Gallery, Victoria BC
  • 2016 Sooke Fine Arts Show, Sooke BC (juried)
  • 2016 Summer Mix III, Kimoto Gallery, Vancouver BC
  • 2016  Spring Show, Douglas Udell Gallery, Edmonton AB
  • 2015  Figureworks, St. Brigid’s Centre for the Arts, Ottawa ON (juried, Second Prize recipient)
  • 2015  Annual International Representational Show, Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver BC (juried, Grand Prize recipient)
  • 2015  House Tour, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria BC
  • 2015  Sooke Fine Arts Show, Sooke BC (juried, Honorable Mention recipient)
  • 2015  Moss St. Paint In, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria BC (juried)
  • 2014  Figureworks, St. Brigid’s Centre for the Arts, Ottawa ON (juried)
  • 2014  Sidney Fine Art Show, Sidney BC (juried)
  • 2014  Summer Mix, Kimoto Gallery, Vancouver BC
  • 2014  Spring Group Show, Kimoto Gallery, Vancouver BC
  • 2013 Annual International Representational Show, Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver BC (juried)
  • 2013  The Drift – Art on Main St. Exhibit at Rath Art Supplies, Vancouver BC
  • 2012 Small Treasures 5, Coast Collective Gallery, Victoria BC (juried)
  • 2012  Autumn Salon, Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver BC (juried)
  • 2012  Sea to Sky, Coast Collective Gallery, Victoria BC (juried)

Bibliography:

Teaching and Panels:

  • 2017 Artist Demo, Opus Art Supplies, Victoria BC (upcoming)
  • 2016 Juror, AIRS Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver BC
  • 2016 Artist Demo, Sooke Fine Arts Show, Sooke BC
  • 2016  Artist Demo, Federation of Canadian Artists Victoria Chapter, Victoria BC
  • 2015 Artist Demo, Sooke Fine Arts Show, Sooke BC
  • 2015  Juror, Opus Outdoor Painting Challenge 2015, Victoria BC
  • 2015  Artist Demo, Oak Bay Art Club, Victoria BC
  • 2014  Artist Demo, Opus Art Supplies, Victoria BC
  • 2014  Juror, Peace of Mind, BC Psychological Association, Vancouver BC
  • 2013  Juror, Peace of Mind, BC Psychological Association, Vancouver BC
  • 2012  Artist Demo, Opus Art Supplies, Vancouver BC
  • 2010-present  Instructor, Nicole Sleeth Fine Art, Vancouver and Victoria BC

Awards:

  • 2016 Finalist (“Lexis” and “Suzanna”), Portraits and Figures category, The Artist’s Magazine Annual Art Competition
  • 2015  Second Prize, Figureworks, Ottawa ON
  • 2015  First Place Grand Prize, Annual International Representational Show, Federation of Canadian Artists, Vancouver BC
  • 2015  Honourable Mention, Sooke Fine Arts Show, Sooke BC

Charity Exhibitions:

  • 2017  CNIB Eye Appeal Art Event, Victoria BC
  • 2015  CNIB Eye Appeal Art Event, Victoria BC