Working primarily as an oil painter, I’m interested in both the history of the medium and how this material can be translated to a contemporary context. My current work is inspired by historical images and compositional devices, the language of portraiture and figuration, and explores art tropes in a pointedly experimental and sometimes surrealist fashion. With these works I seek to exploit the beauty and drama as well as the humor and weirdness found in Baroque and Mannerist painting, translating the dynamic compositions and densely packed figures from their original, often religious, contexts to a party-like atmosphere. Jarringly bright neon colors, gold leaf submerged in puddles of paint, and figures literally dripping often the canvas, these paintings are sometimes beautiful, oftentimes nauseating, and always weird.
Nicole Trimble is an Ohio-based artist and educator with a studio practice grounded in oil painting and observation of the human figure. Her work has been exhibited in galleries throughout the United States and in publications such as Studio Visit and Professional Artist Magazine. She holds a BFA in painting and printmaking from Miami University, and an MFA from the University of Cincinnati's College of DAAP. She currently lives and works in Cincinnati, OH.
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