Nicole Helen Brunner

Artist statement

My current work uses massively repossessed images where the owner is almost if not totally lost in the process. I find all my images on websites and mostly on blogs. I take these images and redraw parts of them onto larger canvases much larger than you would normally view them. Seldom do I paint the image almost exactly the way it was presented on the website I found it. Majority of the time I use only the small portions of the original to create my painting.

Growing up an only child, I was frequently left to my own devices spending a great deal of time within the confines of my own imagination.  Between the ages of 14 and 21, I created countless self-portraits from a unique place of self-aware solitude, documenting my experiences of growing up as both the artist and as the subject.

I still consider my work to be a series of self-portraits today, although, I have abandoned using my physical form as the subject. In this way, my work challenges the traditional definitions of a self-portrait. Instead of presenting a literal representation of myself, my self-portraits utilize seemingly irrelevant objects and environments to define who I am and how I see myself. My body of work documents an extremely personal and intimate journey of self-exploration using a wide range of media, including paintings, photography and works on paper.

Medium:
All my work here was created with oil paint. Not all of my canvases were hand stretched. The boarders are painted with acrylic.

Education and Experience:
I went to Bergen Community College and then graduated from Ramapo College of New Jersey. I frequent the Art Students League in NYC. I also have taught a life drawing/painting class at Solo(s) Project House in Newark NJ. I also teach private classes.

Day Job:
I work in the insurance industry ya know Life insurance.

Subjects and themes:
I choose women because I mostly relate to them since I am a female. I also like the idea that it is a way for me live vicariously through my subject matter. I can make them whoever I want them to be.

Other work:
I work in several different Media including but not limited to drawing, paper cutting, photography, etc. though I mostly only show my paintings.

Currently:
I have work in Seton Hall Law University in Newark, NJ
I will also have work in the Paterson Art Walk on June 11
I also have work at many of the local flea markets next will be at the Kearny  Flea Market at the Irish Club on May 15.

Other:
I am a co-director for an artist collective called 1 OP Collective. Through the Collective I have helped co-direct several shows in New jersey and NY.

201-370-8450
www.NicoleHelen.com
Nicole H Brunner on ETSY
Nicole H Brunner Blog
1 Op Collective

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Straube Center Boulevard surrounded by Route 31, West Franklin Ave., Knowles Ave.-Bixby’s Way, and Broemel Place