About

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.

BIO
DEGREE
Hon. BA, Fine Art Painting, National College of Art and Design
SOLO SHOWS
“Where the Land meets the Sea”,Cronins, Crosshaven, Co.Cork, Nov 2017 -Feb 2018 “The Garden of Delights”, Crook Hall, Durham,April 2017
” A Vision of Yeats” , Rua Red Arts Center, Co.Dublin, Oct 2015
” Feast” ,An Lab Arts center, Dingle, Co. Kerry, Oct 2014
” Feast” ,Tate Guerin Gallery, Well’s House, Co. Wexford, April 2013
” Deco dance” , Bijou, Rathgar, Dublin, Dec 2012
” Sea Change “, Castleblayney Arts Centre, Castleblayney, Nov 2009
” Sea Change “, Wicklow County Council Buildings, Wicklow, May 2009
” Childs Play “, Tosca Restaurant, Dublin, 1999
” Forgotten Gardens “, The Bank Gallery & Bar, Brussels, Belgium, 1998
” Different Places “, The Garden of Delight, Christchurch, Dublin, 1997
” Forgotten Lands “, The Kevin Kavanagh Gallery , Dublin, 1996
” Myths and Fishtales “, Coopers Restaurant, Greystones, 1995
GROUP SHOWS
“Feile an Phobail” Festival Exhibition, Mary’s College, Belfast August 2016
“What land & Country is this?”, The Garter Lane Arts Centre, Waterford, May 2015
“1 FT SQ”, The higher Bridges gallery, Fermanagh Dec 2012
“Ranelagh contemporary Arts festival, Ranelagh, Dublin 6, Sept 2012
“In Particular is contained he universe”, The Mill Theatre, Dundrum, June 2012
“1 FT SQ”, The higher Bridges gallery, Fermanagh Dec 2011
“Scoop “,The Ormond wine bar, Ormond Quay, October 2010
“Down the Line”, The Crow Gallery, Temple Bar, Dublin 2007
“Margin”,OPW OFFICES, St.Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2007
“Home”,BT2, Grafton St.,Dublin 2007
Christmas Show, Cherrylane Gallery, Greystones 2005
” Iontas ” Exhibition, National Tour 2005 , 2001, 1991
Greenstar Show, Mermaid Arts Centre Bray, Co. Wicklow, 2004
Schull Arts week, Schull,Co.Cork, 2003
Group Show, 101 Talbot St, 2000
” Emerging Artists “, O.P.W Touring Exhibition, 1998
Schull Arts week, Schull,Co.Cork, 2003
Group Show, 101 Talbot St, 2000
“Emerging Artists “, O.P.W Touring Exhibition, 1998
“Research show “, Guinness Hopstore, 1998
“Art for Omagh “, National Concert Hall, 1998
“Ramus” Exhibition, Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin, 1997
“Rainy Season “, Jo-Rain Gallery, Dublin, 1996
“Outpost Exhibition “, Venice Biennale, 1995
Group Show, Harrison Gallery, Dublin, 1995
AGM Show, Bank of Ireland Plc., RHA, Dublin, 1995
NCAD Degree Show, RHA, Dublin, 1995
“Open Access “, Dublin Castle, 1994
“Group Show “, Apollo Gallery, Dublin, 1991/2
“Group Show “, Gutter Gallery, Temple Bar, Dublin, 1991
COMMISSIONS
Flynn & O’Flaherty, 1999
Bijou Restaurant, 1998
Viden Holdings, 1991
COLLECTIONS
The Office of Public Works
Mr Joe Dowling, Former Artistic Director, Abbey Theatre
Mr Derry Hussey, Jones Plc
Christy Moore, Entertainer
Egan & Sons, New Jersey
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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.