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A daughter of the Pacific coast of Canada, Nicole Thomas first experienced the Vancouver artworld during the late 1980s when the city was producing emissaries such as Stan Douglas, Geoffrey Farmer, Jeff Wall, Roy Arden, and Attila Richard Lukacs-- mostly through it's now renowned Emily Carr University of Art and Design on Granville Island (ECCUAD).

Vancouver's palette of greens, ocean blues and natural discords, and its distinctive industrial and postmodern patterns attracted Nicole from childhood as she painted those shapes and colours precociously. Enrollment at ECCUAD was thus a natural progression, and she supported herself through those years assisting the curator at Charles Scott Gallery, one of the galleries she'd spent time visiting as a child. Nicole majored in photography and printmaking, expressing the influence of her city in reproduction as a medium in itself…

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  • Born on June 25
  • Joined January 7, 2011

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Silver, gemstones, nature and butterflies

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About

A daughter of the Pacific coast of Canada, Nicole Thomas first experienced the Vancouver artworld during the late 1980s when the city was producing emissaries such as Stan Douglas, Geoffrey Farmer, Jeff Wall, Roy Arden, and Attila Richard Lukacs-- mostly through it's now renowned Emily Carr University of Art and Design on Granville Island (ECCUAD).

Vancouver's palette of greens, ocean blues and natural discords, and its distinctive industrial and postmodern patterns attracted Nicole from childhood as she painted those shapes and colours precociously. Enrollment at ECCUAD was thus a natural progression, and she supported herself through those years assisting the curator at Charles Scott Gallery, one of the galleries she'd spent time visiting as a child. Nicole majored in photography and printmaking, expressing the influence of her city in reproduction as a medium in itself.

In 1994 ECCUAD sent her to Florence on scholarship, and graduated her a year later. In 2008 Nicole relocated to Gibsons, a remote corner of Canada's south west coast and secret retreat of artist from around the world. The global aesthetic of Vancouver still influences from across the Howe Sound, but it's more naturalized.

"I'm inspired by history, nature, and the Arts and Crafts movement. Insects were used a lot in Art Nouveau and I wanted to take that further by incorporating actual wings into pieces. So the wing shape becomes a dominant element in my design process, and then the gems and silver are incorporated into the piece. I use recycled silver in most of my pieces--- originally this just enabled production of my own clasps, but I've ended up taking it much further... Form precedes function, but function is always there, and speaking for itself."

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