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London-based Nell Brookfield (b.1994) builds up thin layers of natural pigments with acrylic medium and oil paint on linen, offering crops of what could be larger works and asking the viewer to imagine what lurks just beyond the canvas. Fascinated by the strangeness of human behavior and rituals, Brookfield often merges the people she observes with her imagination, creating humorous works that exaggerate the situations they portray. Cadmium red hands demand our attention to be focused on body language and touch, moving our eyes away from faces. Brookfield’s concentration on texture results in intense patterning, tempting you to reach out and stroke the work. Seduced by the bright colors and empathic surfaces, it’s only when you've relaxed into the painting, that you realize things are not as they initially appear.



Education

2019-2021 MFA Painting, Pratt Institute, New York City

2017-2018 Postgraduate MA-Level, Royal Drawing School, London

2014-2017 BSc, Anthropology, University College London


Current

2022, The Sky Above the Roof, Tabula Rasa Gallery, Beijing


Solo Exhibitions

2022, When the Knife Hits the Plate, Scream, Niru Ratnam, London

2021, You Are What You Eat, Eve Leibe Gallery, London


Selected Group Exhibitions

2022

Reference Point Library 180 Strand x Amber Room, London

Watch the Fire From the Shore, Linseed Projects, Shanghai

2021

The Eyes Of The Night Creatures, Delphian Gallery, Online

Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize Exhibiton, London

Bow Open, Curated by Gal-Dem, London

On Reflection: 700 Years of Dante Alighieri, Crypt Gallery, London

In Reverie, ACAVA, London

Art on a Postcard, Hoxton Gallery, London

For the Many Not the Few, Guts Gallery, Online

Cave Canem, Eve Leibe Gallery, Online

Sunday Times Watercolour Competition Exhibition, Willis Museum 

Wilder Gallery & Purslane, Online

2020

Buildings, Matchett & Page Gallery, Somerset

A Show of Hands, September Gallery, Hudson, New York 

A Crowded Room, Matchett & Page, Somerset 

Saturnalia, 124 Columbia Road, London

A High Hang, Eccleston Project Space, London

The Pratt Institute, New York City

2019

Ash & Rind, Medicine Gallery, London

Man-Made Disater with Do the Green Thing, Protein Stuios, London

The RISD Drawing Marathon Exhibition, Rhode Island School of Design, Rhode Island

2018

Best of the Drawing Year, Christies, London

The Drawing Year End of Year Exhibition, Royal Drawing School, London

Drawing Year Open Studios, SPACE, London 


Residencies/Awards

Winter Session Residency/ Drawing Marathon at Rhode Island School of Design, 2019, Providence, USA

Borgo Pignano Painting Residency, July 2018, with the Royal Drawing School, Italy

The Drawing Year, Royal Drawing School


Press

Duke University Magazine, Interviwed for FORM, 2022

It’s Nice That, Interviewed by Dalia Al-Dujali, July 2021 

Art Maze Magazine, issue 22, selected by The Fortnight Institute, 2021

Evening Standard Magazine’s ‘New Art Power List’ October 2.10.2020

Matchett and Page Gallery, Interviewed by Matt Page, 2021

Cover of the Prattfolio Spring/Summer 2020 Edition

Unseen Sketchbooks, Interview, 2020

She Curates, Interview, 2020 


Collaborations

Created the artwork for ‘Cusp’ a book published by Ache Magazine