ABOUT

I am a Brisbane/Logan based artist, my practice explores zoonoses and the resulting relationships between humans and animals, particularly focusing on our contradictory perceptions of animals in the context of fear of disease. My studio practise explores concepts surrounding zoonoses particlarly in the narration of anecdotal news stories both visually and verbally through a fairy tale and historical rhyme context.

With a background in design and illustration, lithography and drawing became integral to my studio practice whilst completing a MAVA and MAVA hons (1st class) at Queensland College of Art Brisbane a number of years ago. I am currently a Doctoral Candiate and was awarded a GU Postgraduate Research Scholarship to undertake my doctoral studies which I started in 2015.

I am an Impress Printmakers member and have facilitated many lithography workshops over the past few years, teaching both children and adults. Recent accomplishments include: Finalist 2017 Hazelhurst Works on Paper, Finalist 2016 Libris Awards: Australian Artists Book Prize, 2nd Prize 2016 50/50 Impressions Print Prize, Winner 2015 Qld Regional Arts Awards, Annie Tan Memorial. watercolor prize, Finalist: 2014 Fremantle Print Award. Finalist: 2013 Marie Ellis Drawing Prize Brisbane. GU Academic Excellence Award: 2014, 2011, 2009.

I have received a number of grants, and residencies, with my most recent undertaken in 2014 at the Tanks Art Centre, Cairns, under the watchful eye of master printer, Theo Tremblay. My work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is held in public and private collections.

NEWS

44th Rio Tinto Martin Hanson Memorial Art Award Digital WINNER

Really chuffed that my multi layered and stitched lithographs on digitally created wallpaper titled Sanguinary130x130cmwas awarded first prize. The work was created during my recovery from illness. Special thanks to artist Dylan Sarra who collected the prize on my...

Pivot at Onespace Gallery

14 June - 27 July 2019 "Pivot is a group exhibition that seeks to highlight the connection between artists' 2D wall works and their forays into artist books. This exhibition comprises of artists whose practise is mostly 'wall-based', but who frequently shift their...

Zoonoses Caboolture Regional Gallery

     Open Saturday, 29th June continues to 7th September 2019 Drawing from a range of historical and popular literary references, the exhibition investigates zoonotic diseases - illnesses carried by animals that can be transferred to humans. Lithography and drawing...

Megalo International Print Prize FINALIST

EXHIBITION DATES: 16 FEBRUARY – 6 APRIL 2019 21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2604 The inaugural Megalo International Print Prize attracted 367 works from 246 artists and came from 31 countries. Im really chuffed to have been...

Lady Francesca Wilde’s Concerning Cats Project

BLACK CHURCH PRINT STUDIO, DUBLIN Arrived in Dublin of the 3rd January 2019 to undertake the Lady Wilde's Cats Project. 15 Days Day 1, Friday 4th January 2019 Today was great I met Black Church Print Studio technician, David in the studio. It is centrally located in...

PREVIEW by Barnaby Smith

Any visitor to Nicola Hooper’s Zoonoses exhibition will be immediately confronted by a gigantic mosquito and a gigantic tick hanging by fishing line from the ceiling. The idea behind these models, according to the artist, is to bring a sense of sublimity to these tiny...

MORTON BAY COUNCIL’S 15 ARTISTS – FINALIST

   Really honoured to be a part of this exhibition. This annual award plays a pivotal role in the growth of the Moreton Bay Regional Council Art Collection. The $10,000 acquisitive prize exhibits 15 artists that reflect the collection’s focus of culture, identity,...

FLYING ARTS Featured Artists at the Judy: WINTER

An exhibition of small scale works at the Judith Wright Centre features works from artists Peta Lloyd, Gemma Garcia- Roman, Ann Russell and myself. Exhibition runs from June 1 to August 27, 2018. pictures thanks to Maya Carter-Malins....