Title: Le Rêve
Size: 70cm x 90cm
Medium: Watercolour & Ink on Okashi Japanese Paper

Price: £730

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About the Artist

Nicola Carberry

About the Artist

For a number of years, my practice has been to draw from life, working with the model in the studio through numerous sessions and layers. Recently, I’ve found a way of working online, through necessity for obvious reasons. I was resistant at first, how could I replicate three dimensions from a flat screen? But I found a way to work with this by seeing the flat screen for what it was, a frame around an image, like a still from a film or play, and to view the model as a character within this scene. This opened up lots of new possibilities. Since the world has opened up again, I have returned to face-to-face drawing, while continuing to work with selected models online. The drawings build their own narratives over time, performers about to go on stage, figures deep in thought, actors gripped by the intensity of the character.

Nicola Carberry Biography

1987-91           Glasgow School of Art, BA/Hon’s Fine Art Drawing and Painting

2003-04           Strathclyde University, Post-Graduate Certificate in Post-School Education

2005-Present  Lecturer in Art & Design at Glasgow Kelvin College

2010-2018      Lecturer in life drawing at Dollar Summer School, Dollar Academy

2021-Present  Artist member of Milngavie Art Club

2015-2019      Committee member and Membership Secretary, of Paisley Art Institute

2016-2019      Council member of the Royal Glasgow Institute

Talks, Workshops and Demonstrations

Feb 2020         Portraiture demo for Milngavie Art Club

Jan 2020          Portraiture workshop for teachers, during the 2020 BP Portrait exhibition at                     the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh

2018                Presentation on Scottish Art at Mimar Sinan Fine Art University, Istanbul

2017                Portraiture demo for Paisley Art Institute

2008                Portrait marathon and demo for The Big Draw, Stirling Art Gallery & Museum


2019    Independent Financial Advice Services Award, 131st Annual Exhibition, PAI

2017    John Green Fine Art Award, 129th Annual Exhibition, Paisley Art Institute

2016    James BS Curr Memorial Award, 128th Annual Exhibition, Paisley Art Institute

2014    James BS Curr Memorial Award, 126th Annual Exhibition, Paisley Art Institute

2013    Derwent Award, 125th Annual Exhibition, Paisley Art Institute

2012    Jamieson Award, 124th Annual Exhibition, Paisley Art Institute

1995    Winner of the Visual Arts category, Young Scots Awards

1994    Convenor’s Purchase Prize, Smith Art Gallery Open Exhibition

1994    Stirling District Council Purchase Prize, Cafe Albert Exhibition

1993    Elizabeth Greenshields Award for figurative art, Canada


2009    Celebrating ancestry in Alloa for the Homecoming Scotland 2009 campaign

2008    The Big Draw – Stirling Heads, Stirling Art Gallery & Museum, portraits of the Scottish tennis coachJudy Murray, and Colin O’Brien (Chair of the Stirling Smith Trustees)


2014    Vermont Studios Centre, Vermont, USA

2007    Oronsko Sculpture Studios, Poland

2006    Oronsko Sculpture Studios, Poland

1995    ‘Art at Work’, Artist in Residence at The Hirsel Estate, Coldstream

Selected Exhibitions

2020    ‘Thoughts Are Free’ RGI exhibition (online)

2020    132nd Annual Exhibition (online), Paisley Art Institute

2019    131st Annual Exhibition, Paisley Art Institute, Paizza Centre, Paisley

2018    130th Annual Exhibition, Paisley Art Institute, Paisley Art Gallery & Museum

2017    RGI Annual Exhibition, Mitchell Library, Glasgow

2017    Scottish Drawing Competition, Paisley Art Gallery & Museum

2016    Derwent Art Prize finalist, The Mall Gallery, London

2016    Euro Celtic Art Exhibition, Lorient Interceltic Festival, Lorient, Brittany

2015    'The Art of Scotland's Political Awakening', Butterfly Rammy, Glasgow Kelvin College

2015    ‘House Kinetica’, Glasgow Open House Art Festival

2015    “America: people, places, furniture”, St Fergus Gallery, Wick

2013    ‘INDEX’, Whitespace Gallery, Edinburgh

2011    ‘Lecturer exchange show’, Anna Leonowens Gallery, NASCAD Univertsiy, Canada

2006    ‘Akcent’, Galleria ON, Poznan, Poland