Nicole Sleeth’s work centers the female figure as an exploration of power, connection, and lived experience. Through textured, flesh-like oil paint, she captures the essence of a person through a period of time, bringing forth their humanity, vulnerability, and joy.
Sleeth's paintings explore themes of intimacy and self-consciousness, while challenging societal expectations of how women should look, and who is deemed worthy of taking up space. Sleeth is interested in portraying the full humanity, agency, and complexity of the women she paints, literally taking up space through the scale of the work.
Since 2010, Sleeth’s paintings have been exhibited in Canada and the United States, winning multiple awards. Her work is in private collections in Canada, the United States, England, and Singapore. She lives and works in Victoria, BC,on the unceded Coast Salish Territory of the Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ nations.