South African visual artist Nicole Pletts

Nicole Pletts

South Africa | 2 artworks for sale

  • Time & Tide - Painting by Nicole Pletts Time & Tide
    150 x 90 cm
    R21 850
  • High Spirits - Painting by Nicole Pletts High Spirits
    150 x 90 cm
    R21 850
  • Beginnings - Painting by Nicole Pletts
    150 x 90 cm
  • Urban Destiny - Painting by Nicole Pletts
    Urban Destiny
    150 x 90 cm
  • Birds Of Flight & Fancy - Painting by Nicole Pletts
    Birds Of Flight & Fancy
    100 x 120 cm
  • Swimmer I - Painting by Nicole Pletts
    Swimmer I
    80 x 80 cm
  • Swimmer II - Painting by Nicole Pletts
    Swimmer II
    80 x 80 cm
  • The Twilight Moon Peeps - Painting by Nicole Pletts
    The Twilight Moon Peeps
    150 x 90 cm
  • The Voyage Of Meanderings & Musings III - Painting by Nicole Pletts
    The Voyage Of Meanderings & Musings III
    80 x 80 cm
  • The Voyage Of Meanderings & Musings II - Painting by Nicole Pletts
    The Voyage Of Meanderings & Musings II
    80 x 80 cm
  • Even While The Earth Sleeps We Travel - Painting by Nicole Pletts
    Even While The Earth Sleeps We Travel
    90 x 120 cm
  • The Voyage Of Meanderings & Musings I - Painting by Nicole Pletts
    The Voyage Of Meanderings & Musings I
    80 x 80 cm
  • Moving Forward In The Distance - Painting by Nicole Pletts
    Moving Forward In The Distance
    120 x 90 cm
  • We Wanderers, Ever Seeking The Lonelier Way - Painting by Nicole Pletts
    We Wanderers, Ever Seeking The Lonelier Way
    90 x 120 cm
  • I Have To Wonder - Painting by Nicole Pletts
    I Have To Wonder
    90 x 120 cm
Coming from an old-school middle-class family, I was brought up with the “women stay at home and men worked” mentality. As a result 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.
Nicole Pletts was born in Durban in 1964, where she still resides and is one of South Africa’s leading impressionist and contemporary artists.

Nicole was a finalist in both the SASOL New Signatures 2009 in Pretoria and the Tollman Bouchard Finlayson Art competition in 2014.  She published a Poetry Book in 2015, had her painting used on a Camberley Estates 2012 Shiraz Wine label and won the d’Urban d’Art Exchange and Artist’s Choice Award Exhibition in 2012.

With her camera always on hand, Nicole’s art is painted from her own captured images.  Favouring the gentle early morning and late afternoon hues, she is drawn to light and movement when colours are softer.

Selected Exhibitions:

Rossouw Modern – Nicole Pletts and Corné Eksteen
En-route – Green Gallery – Group Exhibition

Finalist – Tollman Bouchard Finlayson Art Competition 

Ten of Ten – Green Gallery Exhibition

KZNSA – Exhibition – New Work II – with Pascale Chandler  and Marianne Meijer
Green Gallery Exhibition

Essence Festival – ICC Centre – Beyond Binaries (invited)
Beyond Binaries Exhibition – Durban Art Gallery
Solo Exhibition – The Space – Rossouw Modern – Hermanus – Its Personal

Solo Exhibition – The Space – Rossouw Modern – Hermanus – 5933 Miles
Green Gallery Exhibition

Finalist – Tollman Bouchard Finlayson Art Competition
Green Gallery Exhibition

Camberley Wine Estate – Image of my painting on 2012 Shiraz Red Wine label.
Green Gallery – A Splash of Red – Exhibition with Ian Van Zyl and Owen Llowellyn Davies

Elizabeth Gordon Gallery – Durban – A city for all Seasons – Group exhibition
ArtSide In – Art in the Vines – Group Exhibition
Casa Labia – Exhibition – Muizenburg Cape Town
KZNSA – New Work – by Pascale Chandler, Nicole Pletts and Marianne Meijer

ArtSpace – group exhibition

Finalist in SASOL New Signatures Pretoria Art Museum
KZNSA – PPC Group Exhibition

KZNSA – Marks on Paper.

Finalist – Jabulisa. Exhibited at Tatham Art Gallery, Pietermartizburg

Which new trends or South African artists do you find inspiring at the moment?
I recently seem to be favouring the more contemporary (even abstract) work.  I’ve always been inspired by Kentridge, Irma Stern, Marlene Dumas, Hodgins, Penny Siopis and more recently, Mary Sibande,

Which South African deceased artist do you most admire and why?
Irma Stern for forging the way ahead in times where being a female artist (let alone South African) would have been nigh impossible…

If you could only have one piece of art in your life, what would it be?

I think I would like a David Hockney (one of the Californian pool series)… For its simplicity and calming presence…  But these preferences change with time ?
Pick three artists who you would be honored to exhibit with – and why
William Kentridge
Penny Siopis
Deborah Bell
(for obvious reasons in that they’re in a league of their own)

How did you get started? Did you always want to be an artist?
I started +- 25 years ago – painting as a means of therapy – as a gift to myself – to do something solely for me.  I considered studying art whilst at school but my mother, who studied commercial art at the DUT, firmly discouraged me – so maths and accountancy won the day….

What are some of the key themes you explore in your work?
I’ve been exploring the men at work theme for many years. Also solitary figures simply done. I’m trying to gravitate towards the more abstract, which is proving harder than I thought. But I shall persevere….
What should people know about your art that they can’t tell from looking at it?
That the underlying aspect of my art is to bring peace and harmony to the viewer – and to hopefully make the viewer look at the original with new eyes…
Tell us more about your creative process.
I started as a watercolour artist so I start all artworks on a dark brown canvas. This was initially as a method to ensure I painted oil paints in a manner completely different to watercolours yet its continued for more than 15 years. I have experimented with different colour backgrounds on occasion but tend to gravitate back to the brown.  I also initially try and paint as fast as possible in order to get fresh exciting strokes.
Do you believe an artist should use their platform to influence society? Why?
Absolutely. It is the role of the artist to tell a story of society in general. History is remembered by the artworks of the time.
Do you have a favourite or most meaningful work?
Too many to mention…
What is your greatest achievement as an artist to date?
To be in the collection of the Durban Art Gallery
What are your aspirations for the future??
Being a self-supporting artist, I have to paint a lot of work that wouldn’t necessarily be in my repertoire. It would be wonderful one day to consistently paint exactly what I wanted to.
To have the time to experiment more.
To paint more playfully.

Learn more about Nicole in our interview and short film with the artist in studio here.