Nicky Hodge’s current work occupies a completely abstract territory. She mainly works in acrylic on unprimed canvas, working directly and spontaneously without reference to anything specific in the real world. Some of the paintings that emerge out of the process are saturated in watery acrylic that gets poured on and then rubbed away to further expose the surface. Other works are more layered, using subtle colour and sweeps of minimal gestural marks. All of these muted and mainly monochromatic paintings rely on touch and are indicative of a practice that has developed counter to the more extravagant narrative of expressionism.

Further still are paintings that have incorporated materials recycled from her own discarded paintings. The surfaces of these collage works are quiet and spare, relying on the subtle texture created by different materials such as filler, spray, ink or a heavier weight canvas. As no two works are particularly similar, often difference becomes a defining factor with works sitting together in contrasting pairs or small groups of varying size. Steeped in an allusive and unsystematic approach, the works draw upon memory and experience and sit somewhere between joyful playfulness and minimalist restraint.

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 included in Fuzzy Objects, an exhibition of three women artists working across media, at San Mei Gallery, London. In the same year her work was selected for Way Out, an international group exhibition at La Grange at Cernay-lès-Reims, France; and 25 Years, an online exhibition, curated by Danielle Arnaud Contemporary Art, London. Group exhibitions in 2021 include Studio Confetti at Terrace Gallery, London, A Tiny Bit of Fire, a Warbling Collective show in London and Notes from a Landscape at Kingsgate Project Space, London. Horse Gossip, a solo exhibition of recent paintings opened at Bobinska Brownlee, London, in September 2021.

Glassy Gluck ︎
Text by Nicky Coutts, 2021

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

CV ︎


2021     Horse Gossip, Bobinska Brownlee, London 
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
Pulp, curated by Jason Tessier, Florence Trust, London
Ethereal Reality, JB Art Gallery (online)
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 Bielik & Jonathan Powell, Shift Gallery, Cardiff, Wales
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 Bielik, 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
Close 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