Group Invitational Exhibition The Upstream Gallery 8 Main Street, Hastings on Hudson, NY December 5-25, 2016 Gallery hours: Th F S S, 12:30 – 5:30 Information and directions:   CONVERSATIONS brings together more than 30 artists – half of whom were invited to exhibit with a member of the Upstream Gallery in Hastings-On-Hudson, New…

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Embellish Your Image: Play With Collage
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Silvermine Guild: Fundraiser Exhibition with original, affordable small works – 4″x6″ and 10″x10″. Preview:  2/22/15 -4/28/15. Gala fundraiser Collector’s Party: Sat., 4/28/15, 5-7 pm. Tickets: Silvermine Arts Center, 1037 Silvermine Rd, New Canaan, CT 06840.  Open to the public Sun., 3/29/15, 1-5 pm.

Painted Paper Triangles and Diamonds
Typically I work with squares. Now I work with triangles. The image above is titled Metro, paper and acrylic on panel, 24″x24″ (2012). Notice there are triangles inside rectangles. Triangles are emerging.


I saw an image of an African textile with a diamond pattern in black and white that inspired the new triangle diamond series. I am intrigued with triangle patterns and love black and white. I think black and white are colors (many times I insinuate yellow into white and red into black). I think there are so many ways you can create patterns with triangles. It all depends on the shape of the triangles and how they stack.

IMAGE: 640_nikkal 1_ 11×10

The TRIANGLE DIAMOND collage above (image: 9″x10″) was the first small work in the new series, Four were exhibited at the Silvermine Galleries recently. Now they’re back in my studio and I plan to play with the design in a larger format. I will look at the small work as I create a large work. It may look different.

I need a lot of papers if I plan to work in large format. I’ve been painting papers for days. Every paper was black or white. Then, I decided to detour from  black and white to painting colors for a collage with thin diamonds. I started to paint papers in green, brown, teal blue, golden yellow, black, white and red.

IMAGE: 640_triangles diamonds canvas 24 x 24

The image above is a new finished collage with diamonds. It’s a geometric grid on 24″ x 24″ canvas made with painted papers. Notice there are triangles inside diamonds in this painting. I love the colors. It was so much fun to paint colors in layers, color over color, and scrape into the paint to create stripes and patterns. It was a challenge to place the papers on the diagonal. I didn’t lay the papers out in advance. The collage grew organically.

IMAGE close up triangles diamonds canvas

The image above is a close up of the collage and shows overlapping papers before they were glued down.

IMAGE: painted papers on the floor.

The image above shows a growing stack of painted papers on newsprint on the floor in my studio. I know I need many, many more papers.

Thank you for reading. Please email me comments and questions. I have more triangle and diamond collages in process, and will write about the work in upcoming newsletters.

Seven x Seven: Paintings, Mixed Media and Collage

Metro: blue red grey, paper collage 28″ x 44″

Invitational Group Exhibition

Atrium Gallery, 4th floor

Morris County Administration and Records Building

10 Court St., Morristown, NJ

September 8, 2014 – January 5, 2015

Reception: Friday, September 19, 2014, 6-8


The title of this show was seven x seven because we were a group of 7 artists and each artist showed 7 works. Many of the 49 works were very large paintings. The Atrium Gallery accommodated everything in a beautiful, open space.

The image nearby is my collage on paper (38 x44 inches), titled Metro Blue Red Grey. Each block was painted and pasted – piece by piece – from the center out to the edges. Every block varies in size, and color relationships determined how the blocks were put together.

Our reception included a special program where we spoke about our work and about how we organized the show for this particular exhibition space. We were pleased the large audience liked the Q&A program.

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A Guild Group Show • Silvermine Galleries

August 3 – September 14, 2014

1037 SIlvermine Rd., New Canaan, CT,

Curated by Deana Haggag, Director of The Contemporary, Baltimore, MD.


Program: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 6:00 pm

I will be one of 4 artists invited to speak at Silvermine Galleries Walk and Talk

I am showing a new series in collage (black and white painted papers) titled TRIANGLES into DIAMONDS. The first 4 works in the series are included in A Guild Group Show (August-September 2014) at the Silvermine Galleries, New Canaan, CT.

I will speak about the new works at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at the Silvermine Arts Center WALK and TALK program. I am one of 4 artists in the program. Visit the Silvermine Galleries Wednesday-Saturday 12 pm-5pm and Sunday 1pm-5pm. Directions:

TRIANGLES into DIAMONDS is a new series about geometric shapes in a grid. I am building open and closed spaces with paper collage.

I paint papers for every collage. This series is in black and white because I want to focus on opposites and contrast light and dark, open and closed (spaces) even and uneven (edges), clean and dirty (smudged) papers. Two of the 4 works are framed; two are open and exposed. I want you to see the papers are vulnerable.

I mix Titanium white acrylic with a speck of Azo Yellow to create warmth. Pure white is cold. I mix Ivory, Carbon and Mars black acrylics with a dot of Pyrole Red to open it up. Some artists work with thin black washes. They’re weak. I want impasto -but solid blacks are opaque and impenetrable. I want open. I add a speck of black to white papers to muddy them up. I want impure. I hope that what you see is more than black and white. I want a dialog between papers: color against color, shape against shape.

© Nancy Egol Nikkal, July 2014 • •