My art practice is primarily underscored by the language of my materials and processes. The work is motivated by how I interpret my world.
By building up and breaking down, incorporating and excluding, working intuitively at times and more formally at others, I work my way through thoughts, behaviour, memory, action and disorder.
The idea of ‘chance’ is an integral part of the process that I employ as a way of articulating the incidental moments and experiences of everyday life. In relinquishing some control of the work I find that a narrative will often reveal itself. It is both humorous and dark, embodied in metaphors that carry my stories and observations of life.
Nikky Morgan-Smith was born in Vanuatu in 1979. She has been based on the NSW north coast region since 1983. Nikky studied painting and printmaking at Southern Cross University and completed a bachelor of visual arts at SCU in 2003, with a year and a half spent at RMIT in Melbourne.
Nikky has participated in numerous group exhibitions and held a number of solo exhibitions in Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney and on the north coast of NSW. Her work is represented in numerous private collections in Australia and overseas.
Her work is featured in the McAwhill N.S.W Visual Art Year 8/9 Secondary School Syllabus Text Book.
Education. 2000-2004 Bachelor of visual arts, Southern Cross University, cross-institutional with RMIT, Melbourne. 1998-1999 Drawing Certificate II, NORTH COAST INSTITUTE T.A.F.E
2005 – 2009 Art Therapy teacher in Melbourne & Northern Rivers.
2013 ‘azurite della magna’ anthea polson
2011 ‘Foliphobia’ Harrison gallery, Paddington, Sydney
2009 5 Baths A Day In Shades Of Pains Grey, Art Piece Gallery, Mullumbimby. 2008 Black And Blue, Red Gallery, Fitzroy, Melbourne
2007 Blue And Green Should Never Be Seen, The Alleyway Gallery, Lismore.
2004 Sweet Anxiety, Gamma Space, Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Selected group exhibitions
2012 ‘new blood’ Anthea polson
2012 ‘ The artists revealed’
2012 Federal community fundraising auction
2012 Art Melbourne royal exhibition center Melbourne
2012 ‘coraki connect’ platypus gallery casino
2012 ‘visiting childhood’ group show, art piece gallery
2012 London art fair
Toronto art fair
Mexico city art fair
Singapore art fair
Amsterdam art fair
New York art fair
Brussels art fair
2011 Petit Travaux retrospect gallery Byron bay
2011 Singapore art fair
2011 winner coraki art prize
2011 Awarded Highly commended at Belingen art prize
2011 Easter art show, Retrospect gallery, Byron Bay
2011 Art Melbourne, Royal Exhibition Building Melbourne, Victoria.
2011 Group show, Harrison Gallery, Paddington, Sydney
2011 ‘Fusion’, Lorraine Pilgrim and Retrospect gallery QLD
2011 Touch wood, Retrospect Gallery, Byron Bay
2010 Bellingen Art prize
2010 Petites Travaux, Retrospect Gallery, Byron Bay
2010 Byron Art Classic, Byron Bay
2010 ‘Kooks Carnies and clowns’, Retrospect Gallery, Byron Bay
2010 Off the Wall, Art Melbourne, Victoria
2010 Petits Travaux, Retrospect Gallery, Byron Bay
2010 Off the Wall, Art Sydney, NSW
2010 Day Of The Dead, Retrospect Gallery, Byron Bay
2010 Revolution Of Art, Retrospect Gallery, Byron Bay
2009 Border Art Prize. Murwillumbah
2009 She, Art Prize
2008 Cloud Farming’ -Flipbook Gallery, West End Brisbane, Curated By Adam Lester.
2008 SCU Next Art Gallery, Student Art Prize, (Highly Commended)
2007 Feva (Forty Eight Hours Of Visual Art) Bangalow. 2003 RMIT Graduation Exhibition. Southern Cross University Graduation Exhibition.
Art Works Gallery, Gold Coast.
1999 Way Wood Gallery, Byron Bay.
2011 coraki art prize-winner painting
2011 Belingen art prize-highly commended
2011 The channon gazette, write up by zoy crizzel
2011 artwork featured in credit union advertisement for QLD
2010 McGraw-hill ‘ Making connections art’, N.S.W Secondary school Visual Art Syllabus TextBook
2010 InRetrospect10, Featured Artist. Annual Book, Retrospect
2009 Coast And Country Living Magazine, Jan/Feb 10 Artists Profile / Interview. Coast And Country Living Magazine, December ’09 Weekend Star’, Interview ’