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Nicole Pletts

  NICOLE PLETTS

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As a middle class white female, I was brought up with 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 opportunities.

DATE OF BIRTH:    22nd November 1964
PLACE OF BIRTH:  Durban
EDUCATION/QUALIFICATIONS:
·      1997 to 2005 Watercolour tuition by Thelma Buzzard,
·      2002 to date   Oil paint – under the tutelage of Pascal Chandler.
·      2001 – 2015   Committee of Arts Interactive
·      2005 / 2006     President Arts Interactive
·      2004 / 2006     Executive Committee – KWAZUNVA (Kwa-Zulu Natal Visual Arts).
·      2005:               Judging Workshop 1 – KWAZUNVA
·      2006:               Judging Workshop 2 – KWAZUNVA
·      2006/2007:       KZNSA Members Committee
·      2007-2013       KZNSA Council Member
·      2009-2013         KZNSA Exhibition Committee
·      2009           Composition Workshop – KWAZUNVA
·      2009           Professional Practice Course – KZNSA
GROUP EXHIBITIONS:
·      2004 – 2015:    KZNSA Members Exhibition
·      2006:  Finalist – Jabulisa. Exhibited at Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermartizburg
·      2007    KZNSA – Marks on Paper.
·      2009    KZNSA – PPC Group Exhibition
·      2009    Finalist in SASOL New Signatures Pretoria Art Museum
·      2010     ArtSpace – group exhibition
·      2011     KZNSA – New Work – by Pascale Chandler, Nicole Pletts and Marianne Meijer
·      2011     Commission – Mt Edgecombe Country Club –
Members Bar, Kingfisher Room and Weavers Nest
·      2011     Casa Labia – Exhibition – Muizenburg Cape Town
·      2011     ArtSide In – Art in the Vines – Group Exhibition
·      2011     Elizabeth Gordon Gallery – Durban – A city for all Seasons – Group exhibition
·      2012     Green Gallery – A Splash of Red – Exhibition with Ian Van Zyl and Owen Llowellyn Davies
·      2012     Camberley Wine Estate – Image of my painting on 2012 Shiraz Red Wine label.
·      2014     Finalist – Tollman Bouchard Finlayson Art Competition
AWARDS/PUBLICATIONS:
·      2005 –     Best on Show – WSSA KZN – 2005
·      2006 –     Catalogue – Jabulisa – The art and Craft of Kwa-Zulu Natal.
·      2009 –     Catalogue – Sasol New Signatures
·      2012 –     Natal Mercury – April
Umhlanga Globe – April
The South African Artist Magazine (feature) – May
·      2014 –     Roadworks 1 – Acquisition by the Durban Art Gallery