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Thu, Feb 22, 2018 6:00pm –
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Martin Lawrence Galleries
457 West Broadway
New York, NY 10012

Martin Lawrence Galleries

Anne Faith Nicholls: The Subconscious Observers | Opening Reception

"Dreams reveal truths concealed".-Anne Faith Nicholls

Anne Faith Nicholls is unlike anyone else on the contemporary art scene. Her paintings offer a point of view-and suggest an energy and verve-that provides a uniquely revealing and refreshing look at the soul of the modern woman.

Martin Lawrence Galleries discovered Nicholls several years ago at Art Basel Miami, an international showcase synonymous with connecting new and emerging talent and prestigious galleries, and has been an important artist at their galleries ever since. Her latest body of works are rich with symbolic narratives and mysteries, each an allegory or emotion and self-realization, inspired by Surrealism, travel and the subconscious. They will be proudly unveiled-for all to admire and acquire-at Martin Lawrence Galleries, 457 West Broadway, New York (In the heart of Soho)

Nicholls’ style has been described as Neo-Surrealism, drawing inspiration from early American Folk Art, French and Socialist Surrealism, and Society Portraiture of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Her favorite artists are René Magritte, Frida Kahlo, Neo Rauch, Ingres, Alex Katz, Chuck Close, Mathew Barney and Marcel Duchamp. Frequent themes that Nicholls explores in her work are, Self-Identity, Self-Examination, The Subconscious or “Dream State” of being, travel, personal journeys and quests, love, restraint, anger, darkness vs. light, burning and cleansing, nature and home. These recurring recognizable symbols, once decoded, hint at the narrative of Nicholls paintings-Rain, Fire, A Bed, Microscope, The Heart, Women, Water, Animals, Lightening, Hands and Dark Clouds.

The exhibition includes new works — “A Flame for the Refugees”, was painted in honor of refugees who’ve fled war torn countries and made the dangerous crossing of the Mediterranean Sea. Painted shortly after the artist’s time in Hungary and Spain, this is a symbolic reaction to Europe’s refugee crisis, and contentious history. “Through the Thorns” is a symbolic portrait meant to confront the viewer, and pose questions on the state-of-the-women today. Women’s issues, such as civil liberties, equality, and choice, are artfully represented as thorns and thicket through which women must navigate, collecting scratches and scars from her never-ending journey.

“I often identify characters as myself with a painted scar. I also like to use the heart as a symbol of growth, repair, anguish and love”-Anne Faith Nicholls.

Image Credit: Anne Faith Nicholls, A Flame for the Refugees, acrylic on canvas, 24 x 18 inches