Nicky Hodge produces acrylic paintings on unprimed canvas in a process that is direct, spontaneous and improvised. No two paintings are particularly similar and sometimes difference becomes a defining factor with paintings sitting together in contrasting pairs or small groups of varying size. Steeped in an allusive and unsystematic approach, the paintings draw upon memory and experience and sit somewhere between joyful playfulness and minimalist restraint. While embracing the cool aesthetic of much recent Post-Minimalist painting, there is within Hodge’s work a return to the idea of touch, allowing the hand of the maker to be revealed. Her particular way of working gesturally, relying on subtle colour and sweeps of lyrical brushwork, is indicative of a practice that has developed counter to the more extravagant narrative of expressionism.

Alongside the paintings on unprimed canvas, Hodge works in a variety of other media, including works on paper and collages that she makes from materials recycled from discarded paintings. There are a few big pieces but most are fairly small (no bigger than A3), some are on board and all rely on the texture of different materials such as a heavier weight canvas or felt or silk.

Nicky Hodge lives and works in London. She has exhibited her paintings, drawings and multimedia works widely over the past 25 years. In 2020 her work was in various exhibitions including New Doggerland at Thameside Gallery, London, and Fuzzy Objects, at San Mei Gallery, London. In the same year her work was selected for an international group exhibition at La Grange at Cernay-lès-Reims, France; 25 Years, an online exhibition, curated by Danielle Arnaud Contemporary Art, London; Binary at Shift in Cardiff and an online exhibition curated by Women + Health. She will have a solo show with Canal Projects, London in September 2021.

Interview with Art Presence
Nicky Hodge artist interview no 17, published 10.11.20

CV (︎)


2021     Solo show, Bobinska Brownlee, London (upcoming, September)
2018     Low Plains Drifter, No Format Gallery, London
2016     Only a moon to soup her, Jeannie Avent Gallery, London
2010     Multistorey, Nunhead Surgery, London
2005    Small Wonder, Seven Seven Contemporary Art, London
2001     Plot on the Landscape, Danielle Arnaud Contemporary Art, London


Notes for a landscape, curated by Kate Scrivener, millimetre 02, Kingsgate Project Space, London
A Tiny Bit Of Fire, curated by Robyn Graham, Warbling Collective, 139 Whitfield St, London
Nothing’s gonna change my world, curated by raumwww, gr-und, Wedding, Berlin, Germany
Studio Confetti, curated by Karl Bielik, Terrace Gallery, London

Binary, curated by Karl Belik & Jonathan Powell, Shift Gallery, Cardiff, Wales and (in 2021) Terrace Gallery, London
Women + Health Lockdown Art exhibition (online)
Long winter show, The Art Gallery, Abergavenny, Wales
Way Out, curated by Ludovic Dervillez, La Grange Gallery, Cernay-les-Reims, France
25 Years, curated by Danielle Arnaud Contemporary Art, London (online)
Fuzzy Objects (with Janet Currier and Jane Millar), San Mei Gallery, London
New Doggerland, curated by Jane Millar, Thamesside Gallery, London

Six Days in December, curated by Martin Gayford, Thamesside Gallery, London
A Tapered Teardrop, curated by Karl Belik, Terrace Gallery, Leyton, London
Of Course I Haven't Forgotten, Warbling Collective, 155A Artists Space, London
We Only Have Fun On Certain Days, Warbling Collective, Stour Space, London

Winter Group Show, Linden Hall Studio, Deal, Kent
SFSA Painting Open 2018, No Format Gallery, Deptford, London
Let Me Know Before You Arrive, Warbling Collective, 145 Bethnal Green Rd, London
The Barren Slope, curated by Tom Elliott, Safehouse 1, Peckham, London
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Piccadilly, London
Exceptional, Collyer Bristow Graduate Exhibition, Holborn, London
Tomorrow's Daydream, AMP Gallery, Meeting House Lane, London

Osman’s Xmas Bazaar, Studio 1.1, Shoreditch, London
Painting Open 2017, Second Floor Studios, No Format Gallery, London
APT Open Studios guest artist, Creekside, Deptford, London
Small World, Manifest, PS Mirabel, Manchester
Creekside Open selected by Alison Wilding, APT Gallery, London

Zeitgeist Summer Show, Bond House, New Cross, London
Suppose an Eyes event, Alpha Nova Futura, Berlin and Chelsea College of Art, London
Marks of Intent (with Helen Booth), The Art Gallery, Abergavenny, Wales
Small Memories, The Art Gallery, Abergavenny, Wales and Caxton Contemporary, Whitstable, Kent
Lose at Hand (co-curated with Gavin Maughfling), Contemporary Art Projects, London
Start Your Collection, Contemporary Art Projects, London
Talkshow, Lounge, Dalston, London
Deptford X, Open Astra House, New Cross, London
Pride In The House, Lauderdale House, Highgate, London
Sense and Nonsense, Danielle Arnaud, London
Picturesque, Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle
Artfutures, Contemporary Art Society, London
Deptford X, London
Artfutures, Contemporary Art Society, London
 Round the Garden, Museum of Garden History, London
Bittersweet, Danielle Arnaud, London 
Glass Border (co-curated with Nicky Coutts) Danielle Arnaud, London
Reclaiming the Madonna, Usher Gallery, Lincoln; toured to London & Cardiff
Landschaft, woods near Buchenwald, Weimar, Germany


2013–2015     Post graduate diploma in Fine Art (merit), Goldsmiths College
1992–1993     Advanced Fine Art, Central St Martin’s
1985–1992     BA Hons Fine Art & Critical Studies (2:1), Central St Martin’s
1984–1985     Lina Garnade Foundation course, Southwark, London