Sloan Fine Art is pleased to present "The Darling Buds of May," new works by Nicole Etienne, at Bert Green Fine Art, 8 S. Michigan Ave. Suite 620, Chicago, IL. The exhibition runs May 12 through June 22, 2018 with an artist’s reception on Saturday, May 12th, from 6 to 8pm. Gallery Hours are Friday and Saturday, 12 to 5pm and by appointment.
Nicole Etienne’s masterfully painted mixed media compositions fly across the canvas, exploding with vibrancy and sensuality. With a background in painting and photography, she travels extensively shooting the many elaborate and romantic settings that inspire her. The artist then manipulates her photography, tweaking each image to create a mystical entry point from which to continue her process. Once an image is perfected and printed on canvas, the real transformation begins. With thickly applied oil paint, gold leaf, glitter, even Swarovski crystals, Etienne all but obliterates her base image, introducing powerful movement and extreme opulence, creating an intimate, unexpected moment in an extraordinary environment where anything is possible and the only limit is the imagination. Captivating us with dizzying skill and beauty, Etienne grants her audience full permission to dwell, delight and enjoy the fruits, flora and fauna of her exquisite labor.
Nicole Etienne’s work is in numerous public and private collections. She is currently working on a private commission for their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco which will accompany a large painting already in their collection. Etienne earned her MFA from the New York Academy of Art and her BFA from the University of California Santa Cruz. Solo exhibitions of her work have been mounted in New York, Aspen, London, Dublin, Tokyo and St. Barthelemy and she has been included in group shows worldwide. Nicole Etienne currently resides in Los Angeles, having recently returned to the states after several successful years working and exhibiting in the UK.
Alix Sloan opened Sloan Fine Art on the Lower East Side of New York City in January 2008. Over the subsequent four years, the gallery mounted dozens of successful group and solo exhibitions in its 1200 square foot location and participated in several art fairs. At the end of 2011, facing a significant rent hike, and understanding that the art world is in a state of transition; Sloan closed the gallery’s Rivington Street location to explore the alternative approach of operating as a nomadic gallery and consulting firm. Since then, the gallery has mounted numerous pop up and collaborative exhibitions across the US while also participating in select art fairs. Bert Green Fine Art was founded in Los Angeles in 1999, and is now based in Chicago. The gallery presents smart, challenging work and site-specific exhibitions, and publishes original limited edition lithographs, letterpress, giclees, and photographic prints. Longtime colleagues and friends, Sloan and Green are pleased collaborate on this exhibition bringing Nicole Etienne’s work to Chicago for the first time.