Nicole Alger is a graduate of Duke University and the Florence Academy of Art. Her portrait, Glasses was a finalist in the Portrait Society of America’s Members' show in the Self Portrait category, in the Fall of 2017, and her still life, Bones was a top ten finalist. Her portrait, Play, was a staff pick for Feb. 2018 for the Collectors' Corner, Poets and Artists publication. In August 2018, her multi-figure work, Magpie, was included in the juried American Women Artist's show at the Haggin Museum, Stockton, CA. This fall, her nude painting, Blue Wave, was accepted into the juried auction scholarship show, ‘Take Home a Nude’ for the New York Academy of Art, showcased at Sotheby’s. She also paints portraits pro bono of adoptive children for the charity, Painting for Good Causes.
Q&A WITH NICOLE ALGER
What concept or narrative is behind the paintings Bedrock #1 and Bedrock #2?
A very early human tool is a bowl. We make bowls by cupping them, but creating a bowl, meant to provide nourishment, is an ancient activity. At the core, my interest in animism guides my work and these women, both using bowls, are meant to dust up the recognition of a very old action still in use today.
How true are you to your artist statement?
I am true to my artist statement with my still lifes. My imaginative figurative work is more challenging to marry with my words.
What is your ultimate goal for your artwork?
My dream is manifold: to show and sell all my work, my drawings, still lifes, landscapes, and imaginative figurative work, by commissions and through galleries. Additionally, I want to be in more museum shows.
Is the work a part of a series?
These two paintings, Bedrock #1 and Bedrock #2, are a part of three. But they are part of the broader figurative works that I do. Additionally, my still life work showcases things from the natural world, or things made which dovetails with the concepts of my figurative work.
What is the average size of your artwork?
The average size is 16 × 20 inches.
What is your education? Exhibition history? What awards have you won, and what collections are your works in?
After college at Duke University, I attended Studio Cecil Graves in Florence, Italy for a year, after which I followed Daniel Graves to The Florence Academy of Art when Graves and Cecil went their separate ways in 1991. I was one of the first students of the FAA where I remained until 1994.
Recently, I received a finalist and top ten winner award in two categories, Still Life and Self Portrait, at the Portrait Society of Art Members’ Competition of 2017. My multi-figurative work, Magpie, was included in the American Women Artists’ juried show ‘Full Sun’ at the Haggin Museum, Stockton, CA, August 2018. My collections are all personal, but a few are fairly prominent. They are included on my resume. My exhibition history goes back to the mid-90s, but after school, I focused for five years on commissioned portraiture and not showing.
What's on your easel?
This is fresh off the easel. Terra is a fusion of my figurative work and still lifes, but uses the limited palette of my still life work.