Nicole Pletts

 

  

As a middle class white female, I was brought up where the “Woman stayed at home and men worked” mentality.  Hence most of my artwork is primarily male dominated starting with a “men at work” theme a few years ago which threads a continuous pattern through my work today. My subdued tonal paintings seem to play havoc with people’s perception of me as a person.  They see me as bright and bubbly – and find the work I produce out of character.  People seem to enjoy putting a label on artwork or on the artist.  I don’t spend time analysing or questioning why I paint what I do, or why I use muted colours (especially brown as it is my singularly most disliked colour in the every respect – and yet it is the colour I use most). I am acutely aware of images around me and constantly keep a camera on hand in order not to miss any lost opportunities.

EDUCATION/QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 2010/2011         KZNSA Council Member
    KZNSA Exhibitions Committee Chairperson
    KZNSA Exco Committee Member
  • 2009                  Professional Practice Course – KZNSA
  • 2009                  Composition Workshop – KWAZUNVA (Kwa-Zulu Natal Visual Arts).
  • 2009                 KZNSA Exhibition Committee
  • 2007-2009        KZNSA Council Member
  • 2006/2007:       KZNSA Members Committee
  • 2006:               Judging Workshop 2 – KWAZUNVA
  • 2005:               Judging Workshop 1 – KWAZUNVA
  • 2004 / 2006      Executive Committee – KWAZUNVA
  • 2005 / 2006     President Arts Interactive
  • 2001 – 2006    Committee of Arts Interactive
  • 2002 to date:   Oil paint – under the tutelage of Pascal Chandler
  • 1997 to date:   Watercolour tuition by Thelma Buzzard

GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

  • 2011               Exhibition – New Work by Nicole Pletts, Pascale Chandler and Marianne Meijer – KZNSA Gallery
  • 2010               Conglomerart – ArtSpace – Group Exhibition
  • 2009                Finalist in SASOL New Signatures 2009 – exhibited Pretoria Art Museum
  • 2009               PPC Course Group Exhibition KZNSA
  • 2007                Exhibited in the Nivea Gallery – KZNSA – Marks on Paper.
  • 2006:               Finalist – Jabulisa.  Exhibited at Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermartizburg
  • 2004 – 2009:  Exhibited at the KZNSA Members Exhibition.

AWARDS/PUBLICATIONS:

  • 2009 – Catalogue – Sasol New Signatures
  • 2006 – Catalogue – Jabulisa – The art and Craft of Kwa-Zulu Natal.
  • 2005 – Best on Show – WSSA KZN – 2005
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