Nicole Basilone (b.1988, NJ, USA) completed undergraduate studies at Pratt Munson Williams Proctor(2009) and graduated from Maryland Instituted college of Art and Design with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Painting and minor in art History (2011). Past residencies include: Chateau Orquevaux (2018) and The Vermont Studio Center (2012). Her work has been exhibited in major US cities Detroit (MI),Chicago (IL),Oakland (CA),Philadelphia(PA),NY (NY) and Baltimore (MD). In 2018 she landed her first solo exhibition at Mimi and Hill design studios in Westfield, NJ. She resides in NJ and has a home studio.
The work I create is a synthesis of imagined and real landscapes. My work evolves from observation. Often my finished paintings are like collages, gathered from sketches I have done in “plein air” and mixed with fragments from my memory and imagination. My vision catalogs the emotional response triggered by Earth’s abundant resources and ecosystems. The variety of marks in my paintings are about the speed of nature, the mood of the land and the shapes of the plants. Nature is so resilient, constantly evolving and changing to survive. That survivor aspect of the landscape and the primal source it provides is something that allows me to keep discovering and keep sourcing the forms.