Nicky Belton

Kinky Corsets I by Nicky Belton
Kinky Corsets II by Nicky Belton
Girlie Glam I by Nicky Belton
Girlie Glam II by Nicky Belton
Fashion Divas II by Nicky Belton
Fashion Divas I by Nicky Belton
Naughty Little Number II by Nicky Belton
Crazy Corsets I by Nicky Belton
Crazy Corsets II by Nicky Belton
Crazy Corsets III by Nicky Belton
Perfect Pouts by Nicky Belton
Luscious Lashes by Nicky Belton
Glitz And Glamour I by Nicky Belton
Glitz And Glamour II by Nicky Belton
From corsets and cats to knickers and shoes, exciting contemporary still life and occasional animal artist, Nicky Belton likes to mix up her muses somewhat, yet is best known for her girly apparel compositions which appear sprinkled with magic dust. Or gold dust. Or perhaps both. Whatever, Belton’s signature pieces ooze charisma, class, sophistication and glamour in equal doses and have apparently corned a niche of all their own making it would appear. We can’t think of any other current contemporary art practitioner originating such subject matter on their canvas surfaces. Can you? No. Exactly. Belton has not so much corned the market as totally smashed it (to coin a modernism). Which is one of the underlying reasons that Belton’s artwork finds itself in such high and constant demand. Which means, amongst other thing, she’s always a busy lady.
Thankfully Belton, we learn, is a habitual early riser; which makes even more sense when she makes it common knowledge that she has four vocal dogs who are up with the larks most mornings. After a brisk dog walk to clear the cobwebs it’s all systems go for Team Belton by all accounts, as she’s hard at it in her own studio space from 8.30am sharp every morning through to dusk. Although, aside from her dog walks, she’s holed up in her studio with little if any human interaction, this suits Belton just fine, being that she readily admits to being something of an introvert character. Which is why she finds so much solace and intent in her signature paintings as it provides at outlet of expression which she wouldn’t normally have the luxury of.
So what floats Belton’s boat then? What makes her tick and invariable influence and/or inspire her specific brand of art? Quite an eclectic bunch of things as it happens. From fashion and animals to the great outdoors and travel. Yet as opposed to Belton knowingly going out there and choosing or happening on a new subject matter or muse it turns out that it/they present it/themselves to Belton as she goes about her daily. She reckons that for the most part her future paintings choose her, courtesy of her own emotional response to something. Putting it into words, Belton explains; “I may be laughing at a funny face, feeling becalmed by a beautiful sky, or experiencing excitement looking in a shoe shop window...! All these things make me feel the urge to pick up a paintbrush and go for it!”
To that end – and to ensure that Belton doesn’t miss a single trick – she’s never found without her trusty sketchbook to hand, whilst her equally employable camera is also to reach. Other inspiration or motivation to paint comes from the fact that Belton’s grandfather was always drawing pictures as a way of keeping a young Belton entertained, while her uncle is also said to be an artist. Both have inspired Belton to paint to differing degrees. Unlike many fellow leading contemporary artists, Belton doesn’t reel off an exhaustive list of artists dead or alive who’ve influenced her work, instead preferring to hint that many have given her the ideal insight simply by her being exposed to/familiar with their work during her formative years.
Going back, if we may, to Belton’s capture and catalyst of an artistic idea out in the field as such, and she tells of snapping anything and everything around her or that crosses her path whilst out and about that may or may not come in useful. As long as they’re filed away, Belton knows she can draw on much and more at a later date. And with regard to her sketches, Belton commits her rudimentary scribbles and doodles to paper as they often give her what she refers to as ‘the angle’, or rather, the starting point for a future piece. Belton champions inks and handmade papers on the basis that as versatile materials thy offer her infinite scope; excitedly speaking of the fantastic texture of papers available these days and the unique manner in which inks interact and bleed with one another and on introduction to her preferred material surface area. Most recently Belton has begun exploring and experimenting with acrylics too, again mixing and matching until she’s happy with her creative lot.
Belton didn’t come to fine art directly, as despite graduating from Winchester School of Art in 1991 she actually went into the fashion and textile design industry, the subject in which she majored in at college. Or to be more exacting and factually accurate, Belton became a milliner. In next to no time Belton was wowing private buyers and leading agencies with her quality of work, rate and ethics and rapidly built an enviable client base. As of 1997 Belton arrived at the decision to multi-task her obviously creative bents, choosing to specialise in and divide her time between fine art painting and interiors; and effectively turning her back on her hat-making. To her advantage Belton could plunder her already impressive customer base thanks to her previous six years of networking, and albeit in a different guise, Belton’s passion and inherent gift for pattern, texture, form and colour understanding and appreciation was quickly and duly noted as she pursued new markets and design-based frontiers. The highly textured handmade papers that we paid mention to above were soon finding themselves home to Belton’s new subject matter; Cats, dogs, handbags, shoes, furniture... just about anything that is found around the house has been turned into something memorable by her witty and observant hand. And the colourations were equally as explosive. Which is where we discover Belton today, as a bona fide full-time professional artist who above anything else is thrilled to simply be able to put a smile on someone else’s face through her own brand of contemporary art. And we’ll all drink to that.

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