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Nina Archer

Outcrop Mist V

acrylic, gesso, charcoal & graphite on birch cradled panel
91cm x 91cm x 5cm

£800
Outcrop Mist I

acrylic, gesso, charcoal & graphite
framed in a St Ives white wood frame
41cm x 29cm x 3cm (framed size)

SOLD

Outcrop Mist II

acrylic, gesso, charcoal & graphite
framed in a St Ives white wood frame
41cm x 29cm x 3cm (framed size)

SOLD

Outcrop Mist III

acrylic, gesso, charcoal & graphite
framed in a St Ives white wood frame
41cm x 29cm x 3cm (framed size)

SOLD

Monolith II

acrylic, gesso, charcoal & graphite
on Fabriano HP paper
framed under non-reflective glass
in a narrow black metal frame
50cm x 70cm (framed size)

£300
Underland I

acrylic, gesso, charcoal & graphite on wood
framed in a grey wood frame
23cm x 23cm x 3cm (framed size)

£190
Underland II

acrylic, gesso, charcoal & graphite on wood
framed in a grey wood frame
23cm x 23cm x 3cm (framed size)

£190
Paths & Tracks II

acrylic, gesso, charcoal & graphite on wood
framed in a dark grey wood frame
64cm x 64cm x 3.5cm (framed size)

SOLD

On the Edge IV

acrylic, gesso, charcoal & graphite on wood
framed in a white wood frame
28cm x 28cm x 3cm (framed size)

SOLD

Nina Archer is an abstract painter living and working in the south Shropshire hills. Following a career in graphic design and project management she moved to Shropshire from Sussex in 2014 and began painting full time from her studio which overlooks the borderlands of the Welsh Marches.

Nina works in acrylic, charcoal and graphite and her work has a strong core drawing element. Her training in design has had a significant effect on her understanding of form, proportion and mark making and has been instrumental in the development of a graphic approach to the work.

“The work is very much about my experience of living and working in the borderlands of the Welsh Marches, a diverse landscape combining Welsh and English cultural influences with a distinctive geography of ridgeways, forested valleys, mountains and rivers.

I spend a lot of time walking and observing elements of the landscape that have become important to me. Back in the studio, I develop these observations through abstracted forms often defined by the dramatic light, black shapes, the darkness and contrast of the forested valleys, accents of colour and the textural feel of this unique landscape.

The work starts with drawing either with graphite or charcoal, I then build up layers in gesso, acrylic and more charcoal and graphite. These layers are often sanded, scored or erased to reveal or obscure something previous. The textural detail and colour is used as a contrast, to focus or balance the composition and although these are from my experience of the landscape they are not used in any representational way. I like the idea that there are areas in the painting that may look flat from afar but when you examine them closely there is much more going on – the surface has been reworked and is often highly textured.

It is my personal response to this landscape, my line of sight.”

Nina has exhibited widely in London and in galleries throughout the UK, as well as the Royal Cambrian Academy, Wells Art Contemporary, RWS and at Art Fairs including the Affordable Art Fair and The Other Art Fair.