'My works exist as a combination of traditional rendering, contemporary shape design, and impressionistic mark-making. Using primarily the mediums of oil and acrylic paints, I pursue the noisy activation of 2-D space through intense surface exploration.
My work also presents as a unique marriage between a commercial design background and a focused artistic vision, which creates a body of work that reimagines contemporary pop-art through the generational lens of overwhelmed and disjointed interactions within a world of constant stimulation and connection.'
SHEILA NICOLIN is an artist based between Detroit and NYC. She received her BFA from the College for Creative Studies in 2018, where she was awarded the Imre J. Molnar Artistic Achievement Award, appointing her as merit-based valedictorian. After graduating from her undergraduate program, Sheila initially began working as a textile designer and style director for clients including Walmart, The Home Depot, and Lowe's.
After leaving this corporate position, Sheila Nicolin began to build her painting career in Detroit, where she showed with Red Bull House of Art, KO Studio Gallery, and PLAYGROUND DETROIT. Her work has been showcased by publications including New American Paintings, Create! Magazine and Booooooom. Sheila has an upcoming solo show, 'Indoor Fever Dream,' at UUU Art Collective in Rochester, NY; a group showcase at Silvermine Galleries in New Canaan, CT; and an exhibition at PLAYGROUND DETROIT, as a Knight Foundation "Emerging Artist Fellowship" recipient.
Sheila Nicolin is a painter, who explores the very human struggle to find intimate connection. Narrated from a naive and voyeuristic perspective, Sheila's paintings create surrealist glimpses into authentic and vulnerable experiences surrounding loneliness, mental illness, and desire.
All of Sheila's works are studied and imagined in real-time, but distorted and edited subjectively in the same nature as memory. As she interacts with friends, family, and acquaintances, she studies and documents via photography, writing, and sketching. Her work acts as an actively-lived retrospective, a fictionalized reality, and an attempt to understand those around her. The human form is represented in a way akin to wilderness: both familiar and inviting, but also alien and wildly inaccessible. Using expressive mark-making, garish color, and dissociative pattern, Sheila creates an unreliable and sometimes skewed story of intimacy. This work exists as a unique marriage between a commercial design background and a focused artistic vision, which results in a body of work that reimagines traditional pop art through the generational lens of overwhelmed and disjointed interactions within a world of constant stimulation. This humanist appeal to the universal "you" builds a coming-of-age narrative with a relatable goal: to find honest connection with other humans in the most humanly flawed way—dishonestly and skewed and drenched in contemporary culture.