• Nicole Pletts

    Nicole Pletts
    • Artist Statement
      • As a middle class white female, I was brought up with the “Woman stayed 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.
    • Biography

      • 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:

        2004 – 2019:    KZNSA Members 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

    • Interview
      • 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 ?

        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 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…

  • Blue Dress - Painting by Nicole Pletts NICOLE PLETTS
    Blue Dress
    Painting / 100 x 100 cm
    R17 250