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Nicky Stevenson is a well-established artist based in Brixham, Devon. She has exhibited both in the UK and Holland and has her own gallery The Nicky Stevenson Gallery, Brixham, Devon.

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Nicky is currently exhibiting works at the following galleries: and
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I did a Ceramics Degree but have always painted and drawn.

Inspiration comes from everyday life and is created in emotional response to things that happen to me, others around me or on the world stage. It is full of narrative, at times my sense of the ridiculous and is a visual feast, full of irony, the irony often turned about to create humour.

All works are created on watercolour paper. I work with Ecoline and paintbrushes to create my colour menagerie. I love colour and experiment with different combinations.

I work with conte crayon, graphite pencil and pastel to create the larger pieces. These are always made in a very emotional response to something.

My work is often mistaken for applique or embroidery because of its 3 D appearance. I like that, as the work has tricked people and the flat paper is no longer flat.

I started my career in the arts with a Foundation Course in Art and Design at South Devon College, Torquay, in 1982 and went on to study Ceramics B.A Hons at Middlesex University, London graduating in 1986. I pursued a career in theatre as a prop maker and designer, working at The Haymarket Theatre, Leicester; The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, The Liverpool Playhouse and The Everyman Theatre, Liverpool. I ran The Prop Shop, a design, scenery and prop making business and worked for theatres, film companies and a variety of other businesses such as conference planners, country parks, photographers, museums until 1992, when I moved to Holland with my children and partner. The move to Holland allowed me to start drawing and painting full-time and I exhibited in Leiden, Holland and back in the U.K. I moved to Brixham, Devon in 1998 and exhibited widely within the UK,  building a portfolio of imagery and limited edition prints and opened my own gallery in Brixham in 2007. I  have worked as a lecturer in many venues and institutions, with students of all ages, as a lecturer in Ceramics, Mixed Media, Prop Making, Theatre Design, Painting and Drawing. These include Torbay Library Services, Torquay, Brixham Community College, Sandowne College, Liverpool, City College, Liverpool, Knowsely Teacher's Centre. Liverpool, RSAMD, Glasgow, Countryside Rangers, Glasgow and Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council. I was commissioned by Torbay Library Services to design and  illustrate "Book Quest" a reading scheme for children and have been commissioned by many clients to create personnel pieces for them.
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