Nicola Anthony (Fabelist)

Rubik's Years, 2012
Glass, glass resin, mixed media

50 x 40 x 50cm

Mneme, 2011 (detail)
Print, exclusive edition of 5

96 x 70 cm, (framed)

Lucy's Tale, 2011
Limited edition print

53 x 40cm

Made of Money
Dollars & mixed media

6 x 8 inches per piece

Nicola Anthony uses glass, paper, text and tactile materials in her drawings & sculptures. Her practice is inspired by mapping, collecting, deconstructing/reconstructing, as well as the structure and understanding of language. Her artworks are often created using many small cells or components which are collaged or constructed together to make organic & sometimes obsessive forms.

This year Nicola Anthony has exhibited in the Serpentine Gallery Project Space, as well as been featured in a museum show in LA, with further USA shows coming in Autumn. In the past she has received sponsorship from Tate Britain, and exhibited in Tate Modern’s ‘No Soul for Sale’.

Anthony’s recent “Rubik’s” artworks are glass & resin sculptures consisting of multiple transparent cubes, creating a shimmering whole. These are an exploration of time, chaos and order – deconstructing the ways in which we represent time in linear blocks such as a calendar form, the artist rebuilt the 2D structures we are accustomed to using shapes she has observed in crystals and in the randomness / order of a Rubik’s Cube. The individual cubes contain dates embedded inside the glass which line up to appear – only from one angle – as a hovering circle.

Her other featured works also explore the deconstruction and reconstruction of text, language, social structures and dates: In the artist's 'date stamp portraits' made by hand using ink on paper she uses notations of time to render a person "made of memories & moments", and in her 'Made of Money' Series in which she deconstructs currency to make a ‘re-mixed’ and fragmented dollar, aiming to raise questions of value, currency, and worth.

Nicola Anthony is a London based artist and art writer.

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Fine Art BA (hons) Loughborough University (2006)
Art Foundation Central Saint Martins, London University of the Arts

Arts Marketing Chartered Institute of Marketing, professional Diploma (2010)

Solo Exhibitions

Dec 2011 Christmas Pop Up Show, Cheapside, London
3 Aug 2011 My Word: Performance piece, Debut Contemporary Gallery, London
28 May 2011 The Write Back Project & talk with the Artist, Debut Gallery, Notting Hill
29 – 31 Oct 2010 The Post Box’s Tale, Upper Gallery, Poole Literary Festival
26 Oct 2009 ‘I find myself listening’ (Sound art), The Arts Show, Xstream East Radio
2 Aug 2009 Trafalgar Square Plinth – (commissioned by ‘Plinther’ / Arts Festival Director Sue Luminati to create sculpture for One & Other)
6 Aug 2009 ‘Word Collection project’ & interview: SkyARTS TV
2009-2011 Cass Business School, London
1 – 5 Feb 2009 Spring Fair 09, Hahnemuehle Fine Art, Birmingham NEC
May – Jun 2007 The SugarCube Project, Stubbs Rich, Bath
March 2007 The Bookmark Project, Various Libraries, Leeds
12 Sep 2006 Unveiling: AstraZeneca First Prize Commission Winner 2006, Loughborough
June 2005 ‘Fragments’ , LUSAD, Epinal Way, Loughborough

Group Shows

Autumn 2012 London Transport Museum, Connect (dates tbc)
August 2012 La Breia Gallery, LA, Text Show
April 2012 BAR Gallery, An Ideal Soup
Jan – Feb 2012 Serpentine Gallery Project Space, IMPRINT
Jan 2012 Orange County Contemporary Centre for Art, Orange County, USA
6-19 Oct 2011 RED, Cultivate Space, Vyner Street London
29 Oct 2011 ‘The Fabelists’, Pop up exhibition, Portobello Market
10-17 Sep 2011 ‘What Price Art’ Cultivate Project, Vyner Street London
2-4 Sep 2011 London Art Box at FLAG STOP, Los Angeles
3-31 Aug 2011 Summer Exhibition, Debut Contemporary Gallery, London
3-5 Jun 2011 Untitled Artists Fair, Chelsea, London
14 Mar 2011 – present Debut Contemporary, London
Nov 2010 Ornamental, Red Gate Gallery, London
May 2010 No Soul For Sale, Tate Modern
Nov 2009 National Open Art Competition, Finalist
Oct 2009 The Islington Contemporary Art & Design Fair 2010
Sep 2009 Candid Gallery, Angel, London
Feb 2009 Focus-on-Imaging Show, Hahnemuehle FineArt, Birmingham NEC
Oct 2008 The Islington Contemporary Art & Design Fair 2008
Nov 2008 Open Studio Viewing, Bow, London
Aug 2008 Gravelly Barn Gallery, Hertfordshire
July 2008 Absorb Arts: Open Studios
Jun 2008 Candid Arts Trust, Angel, London
Jun 2008 Insideout, Hertford
Jan – Jun 2008 A Cat may look at a King, touring exhibition with the Bakers Dozen
Dec 2007 Postcard, Surface Gallery, Nottingham
Oct 2007 The Affordable Art Fair; The Autumn Collection, London
May 2007 The Newcastle Gateshead Art Fair, Newcastle
Oct 2006 The Affordable Art Fair; The Autumn Collection, London


2009 National Open Art Competition Finalist
2006 AstraZeneca First Prize Commission Winner


Orange County Contemporary Centre for Art
London Artists Collective
AstraZeneca Art collection
New British Artists
Cass Business School
Goffs Language College
Private collections in the UK and Worldwide