I believe a work of art speaks to those who are meant for it, for art is largely personal —a touchstone to our private truths where we may gain valuable insight into our inner workings and perhaps even find ourselves in an environment of empathy. It is this meeting between painting and observer that fuels my desire to paint.
A figurative painter at heart, Nicole has found the human form in particular, along with all its contained and expressed emotions, to be a generous source of inspiration. Building on a foundation of painting in the realist tradition, Nicole’s work has evolved to favour an intuitively driven process, painting from a place of feeling and impulse rather than one of academic reason or logic. In this shift away from realism, Nicole embraces ideas born by impressionists, expressionists and abstraction allowing her to stay true to the kind of emotional thrust that is felt in the earlier conceptual stages of her work.
“There is something visceral that presents itself in the absence of detail, the suggestion of form and in the traces of abstract passages that remain. For me, this kind of painting never seems to retire. Instead it ignites the imagination.”
Nicole Daniah Sidonie studied photography at Ontario College of Art and Design (formerly Ontario College of Art) during which time she also interned with a Canadian graphic design company. In the years that followed, her career took a major departure when presented with an opportunity in the performing arts as a dancer and choreographer —a career that would span just over a decade.
In 2004, Nicole made the transition from performing arts back to visual arts and traveled extensively for a few years resulting in a photographic portfolio of captivating landscapes and the beautiful, diverse faces that she encountered. Her photographic work has received attention from TPOTY (Travel Photographer of the Year) and IPA (International Photography Awards) and has been featured in the hardcover edition of Journey Two, the Toronto Star, U.K.’s Digital Photographer magazine and on exhibition at England’s London Eye.
While working as a photo editor in 2006, Nicole decided to expand her creative reach and turned to Toronto’s Academy of Realist Art and Scottsdale Art School in Arizona to explore the subject of painting and drawing in the realist tradition. After several years of independent study and an inability to resist the pull of a blank canvas, she resolved to paint full time.
Nicole’s work became available to collectors for the first time in 2014 and are held in both private and corporate collections throughout Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe, Japan, the United Arab Emirates and Australia.
2006-2009 Academy of Realist Art – Painting & Drawing
2009 Scottsdale Art School – Figure Drawing
2005 & 2014 Avenue Road Art – Painting & Drawing
2004 George Brown College – Photography
2004 Steve McCurry – Photojournalism Workshop
1993 Ontario College of Art – Photography
2018 Carré d’artistes, Paris, St. Germain
2018 The Artist Project, Toronto, Canada
2016 Spring into Summer, The Papermill Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2016 Reversion, Super Wonder Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2016 The Artist Project, Toronto, Canada
2015 A Show within a Show, The PaperMill Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2015 The Artist Project, Toronto, Canada
2014 Sensation, Spazio dell’Arte Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2014 Corporate Gala, ShareNet Inc., Mississauga, Canada
2006 Travel Photographer of the Year (TPOTY), London, United Kingdom
Media & Publications:
2016 Artsy Shark, Featured Artist
2016 Honourable Mention, PaperMill Gallery Spring Show
2016 Best of Houzz Award
2015 Artsy Shark Abstract Artist Showcase
2006 “Not Alone” published in Journey 2 Edition
2006 “Not Alone” Digital Photographer Magazine
2006 “Little Things”, Toronto Star
2005 Travel Photographer of the Year, Honourable Mention