I am a Brisbane/Logan based artist. I live and work on the lands of the Yuggera people in Logan.
My Zoonoses Solo Exhibition is currently touring Nationally. It is supported in partnership with Visions Australia, MAGS Qld and Logan Art Gallery, Logan City Council. The tour reaches 12 venues throughout the country until 2025. Other recent accomplishments include The Logan City Council’s Kingston Butter Refurbishment, public art project titled Factory Stories. 2021 saw the creation of Curiocity Brisbane project James the Rat King Experience, a collaboration with Dr Zeynep Akcay. 2020 saw the publishing by SLQ of my illustrated children’s book The Cow that Swam out to Sea, written by Pamela Rushby and being awarded The Iain Turnbull Memorial Award for printmaking.
My studio practice utilises the traditional storytelling method of lithography. It 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. I narrate anecdotal news stories both visually and verbally through a fairy tale and historical rhyme context.
With a background in design and illustration, my drawing and lithography skills became integral to my studio practice whilst completing a MAVA and MAVA hons (1st class) at QCA Brisbane a number of years ago. I was awarded a GU Postgraduate Research Scholarship to undertake a Doctor of Visual Arts which I completed in 2019. My studio based research is titled Zoonoses – A Visual Narrative.
I am an Impress Printmakers and Print Council of Australia member and have facilitated many lithography workshops over the past few years, teaching both children and adults. Recent accomplishments include: Winner 2019 & 2017 Rio Tinto Hanson Memorial Prize Digital, Finalist 2019 Megalo International Print Prize, 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, with my most Arts Qld grant used to support Tale of Toxoplasmosis & Lady Wilde’s Cats project at Black Church Print Studio, Dublin in Jan 2019.
I also undertook a residency 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.
ZOONOSES National Tour
2022-2025 Touring QLD, NSW, VIC, TAS and SA About the exhibition Nicola is a Logan-based artist with a background in design and illustration. Lithography and drawing became integral to her studio practice whilst she completed a MAVA and MAVA (Hons) at Queensland...
decennium – ten years of the Iain Turnbull Memorial Award
Grey St Gallery, QCA South Bank Tues 28th Sept - Sat 9th Oct 2021 Nicola Hooper, Ana Paula Estrada, Matthew Newkirk, David Jones, Grace Collinson, Jose Roberts, Tim Mosley, Paul Eves, Elyse Taylor, Liana Evans & Jessica Row
Factory Stories – Kingston Butter Factory Public Art
This interpretive timeline will be revealed in January 2022, Bringing together stories from the past and the present
James the Rat King Multimedia Experience
Entrancing Others – A group Exhibition
Exploring the Theme of the Animal Curated by Rona Green to be shown at Gippsland Art Gallery, VIC 20 March - 23 May 2021
The Cow that Swam out to Sea
The Cow that Swam out to Sea has launched! I was thrilled to illustrate Pamela Rushby's story. The Qld State Library and the First 5 Forever program have published 12 books, created by Qld authors and illustrators. The series is titled: Stories for Little...
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 Story Sydney Morning Herald
By Sasha Grishin February 22, 2019 https://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/art-and-design/exhibition-a-prized-display-guaranteed-to-surprise-and-delight-20190222-p50zk2.html