Niki Purcell is an artist living and working in Ireland.
She works primarily in oil paints, using gestural strokes to build up textured layers of paint. Her preferred subject matter are landscapes, both representative and imagined but always of Irish Landscapes
Niki Purcell attempts to depict not objective reality but rather the subjective emotions and responses to her surroundings.
Purcell lives in an old coastguard station on the borders of Wicklow and Wexford and is highly influenced by its landscape and seascape. To be surrounded by such wildness has allowed Purcell to explore not only her surroundings but also her emotional responses to her environment, a world that changes daily if not hourly. Purcell’s work expresses these movements and shifting emotions.
Purcell is currently working on a body of loose expressionistic paintings mostly focused on landscapes/seascapes…showing the power of the elements – mostly the unseen force of the wind on the terrain and in particular trees, which for Purcell, seem like ever present guardians of the land – that have seen much and say little. Purcell depicts this movement and passage of time through her painting, using thick dense stocks in her paint application.
Purcell graduated from NCAD and has worked as an artist ever since. Exhibiting extensively in the Hugh Lane, The Guinness Hopstore and the RHA Gallery to name a few. Purcell’s work can be found in many important collections including the OPW.
Niki exhibits regularly throughout Ireland and can be viewed in The Duke Street Gallery, Dublin, The Dun Laoghaire Art Gallery, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, The Black Canvas Gallery, Holywood, Co. Down and The Gaslamp Gallery, Co. Wexford. Upcoming exhibitions and events will be updated on the News section of this site.
Her works are in a number of collections. A full list of exhibitions can be found here.
Although she is best known for her Irish Landscape Paintings Niki also undertakes commissions ranging from site specific paintings for interiors, to portraits. Further information on commissioning original oil paintings by Niki here.