Growing up in the suburbs of Detroit, MI., self-taught, Abstract Expressionist, Nicole Gavin's, exposure to culture and history fostered a lifelong love of the arts. Her grandmother was an artist and her family, large contributors to the Detroit Institute of Arts, have engulfed her in the art world since a child. Although she never picked up a paintbrush until late 2010, she explored a variety of artistic endeavors while growing up and was active in community theatre, choir, and was publicly acknowledged for several speeches, short stories and poems she wrote, to include a Detroit Free Press Writing Award in 1994 at the age of 14.
Known mostly for her vivid color and unflinching depictions of nude forms, Gavin's paintings have been dubbed as, 'passionate, visceral, structural, immediate, raw, spontaneous, chaotic, colorful, edgy, vibrant, dynamic, cool, urban and soulful', creating a unique visual language with depth and feeling. 'You feel her energy jump from the canvas'. She is diverse and unpredictable, using different materials, themes, textures and techniques.
Gavin’s work can be found in a myriad of private collections throughout the United States, having sold over 120 pieces in 4 years, as well being featured in various group and solo exhibitions. She was a semi-finalist for the National RawArtist’s Indie Art Awards (rawartists.org) – Houston, TX - Artist of the Year, Nov 15th 2012. In May of 2014, Nicole was chosen to show at one of the largest, International Art Competitions, 'ArtPrize', held from September 24, 2014 through October 12, 2014, in Grand Rapids, MI. Art Prize draws over 400,000 visitors, with 1,537 entries in 2014 and boasts two $400,000 prizes and eight category awards worth $160,000 (www.artprize.org). Gavin also created the artwork (front/back covers and song lyric sleeves) for the debut album of Detroit, MI based band, RACEcarraceCAR.
Recent exhibitions include, Houston Free Press Artopia 2012 and 2014, where she was acknowledged by Art Attack writer, Cherise Luter, as a Houston Free Press favorite – http://blogs.houstonpress.com/artattack/2014/01/fashion_art_merge_beautifully.php), Houston Art Crawl 2012 - 2014 (Atelier Jacquinet International Fine Arts Studio, Elder Street Artist Lofts and Hardy and Nance Studios), BeHuman Gallery (Cargocollective.com) – Bisou 2014, Jomar Visions Hardy and Nance Street Studio – 6 group shows throughout 2012-2014, BeHuman Gallery – Citizens of the World group show April 2014, Houston Wine Festival 2011, Winter Street Studios, Kallinen Contemporary Gallery, Watson and Huff Gallery (Kingwood, TX), and most recently, at Tangent Gallery for the DAMNED VII – An Exhibition of Enlightened Darkness Fine Art, October 30th-November 1st 2014, in Detroit, MI (www.thatdamnedshow.com), G Gallery, Houston, TX - 'Bare Walls' 3/15, Ben's Beans, Houston, TX showing through May 27th 2015 and The Lukemia and Lymphoma Society, Woman of the Year Auction Event at The Marque, Houston, TX May 1st 2015.
Solo exhibitions include CHA Champagne and Wine Bar, Houston, TX July 2012, “The Newfangled” at Public House Heights, Houston, TX (May 2013-August 2013), and “Naked Women and Dirty Thoughts” at The Next Door (Houston, TX), May 15th 2014.
In Gavin's creations, you will find abstract and expressionist artwork, rich in patterns, geometric shapes and forms (some 3D), organic design elements and symbols, bohemian undertones, bright color and a high level of texture — all of which carry these paintings beyond a standard, strictly visual art experience…,”they tell a story”. Her paintings invite touch, feeling and reward with a multi-sensory experience.
Gavin creates her paintings with joy and reverence, as a celebration of love and life. She has a personal and emotional connection with the number 11, a tribute to her late father, and you will see this number frequently displayed in her work. She works from life, drawings, photographs, emotion, poetry and a lot of imagination. The subjects of her study are, 'the world around us, the world inside us, and the new realities we create'.
*Nicole has been featured as the Nov. 2011 Highlight, Mod Artist, for Houston's Modern Epiphanies (http://modernepiphanies.com/?p=745) and an additional article has also been wrote about her on the same site, dubbing her as 'The Girl Who Never Sleeps' -http://modernepiphanies.com/?p=1933.
*She was also a featured Artist in April 2012 for All Houston Art Genres (www.allhoustonartgenres.com).
*Gavin was also a semi-finalist for RawArtist’s Indie Art Awards (rawartists.org) – Houston, TX - Artist of the Year, Nov 15th 2012.
*Houston Press 2014 Artopia, Gavin was favored by Houston Press, Art Attack blogger, Cherise Luter: http://blogs.houstonpress.com/artattack/2014/01/fashion_art_merge_beautifully.php
*Artcrawl 2014 featured artist via The Leader: http://www.theleadernews.com/index.php/art-la-carte-heights-artist-featured-22nd-annual-artcrawl-houston/
*Artcrawl 2014 Artist featured in Kingwood, TX, Humble, TX, Lake Houston, TX, Montgomery, TX, and Atascocita, TX Online Papers: http://www.yourhoustonnews.com/east_montgomery/living/jury-panel-selects-artists-for-artcrawl-houston/article_1457320d-d384-50fe-8969-cf600c52fb9f.html
Juried Showings and Solo Shows:
*Houston Wine Festival 2011
*Houston Press Artopia 2012 – 2014
*Houston Artcrawl 2014 – Atelier Jacquinet International Art Studio
*JoMar Visions Studio at Hardy and Nance Studio's, 'All Things Erotic', 2/10/12 & 2/14/12
*Raw Natural Born Artists: Houston ACTIVATE Showcase 2/2/12 (rawartists.org)
*I am Woman, I am Art; Series 1 Art Exhibition: I am....Master of the Palette at Eat Gallery, Houston,
TX, March 23rd 2012
*Modern Epiphanies: Public House Heights, Houston, TX Pop up Group Art Show, April 26th 2012
*Winter Street Studio's, Houston, TX: Freedom Art Show, June 2012
*Solo Show - CHA Champagne and Wine Bar, Houston, TX July 2012
*Kallinen Contemporary Presents: A Functional Art Show...Form follows function...follows form at
Kallinen Contemporary Art Studios, Houston, TX, November 24th 2012
*Group Show at The Next Door, Houston, TX 'Without Walls' Jan. 2013
*Solo Show - 'The Newfangled' at Public House Heights, Houston, TX (May 2013-August 2013)
*Kallinen Contemporary Gallery 'Extra, Extra News Media Happening' Group show August 31st, 2013
*The Gallery, '007 Art & Social' Group Show, Houston, TX 1/11/14
*BeHuman Gallery, Houston, TX Bisou Group Show 2/7/14 & 2/8/14
*BeHuman Gallery, Houston, TX 'Citizens of the World' Group Show 4/2014
*Solo Show - 'Naked Women and Dirty Thoughts' The Next Door, Houston, TX 6/2014
*Art Prize 2014 - Grand Rapids, MI
* Tangent Gallery - DAMNED VII – An Exhibition of Enlightened Darkness Fine Art, October 30th
November 1st 2014, in Detroit, MI (www.thatdamnedshow.com).
* JoMar Visions Studio at Hardy and Nance Studio's, 'All Things Erotic', September 2014
*Houston Art Showcase Presents, “Houston is Art” 11/13/14 at D.M. Allison Gallery
*Watson and Huff Gallery in Kingwood, TX 2012
*2404 Montrose Gallery - Houston, TX (now closed)
*Watson Gallery, Houston, TX (now closed)
*Role A|F|M's 3rd Annual Perfect 10's Art Show and Dance Party¡¨ 3/24/12 (WAR'HOUS Visual Studio's)
*JoMar Visions Gallery: All Things Abstract, Houston, TX (June 2012)
*The Power of Women: Living Life Through Our Eyes; Arena Salon and Day Spa 10/5/13 - 1/5/14
*Several 'Canvases and Cocktails' charity events
* G Gallery, Houston, TX - 'Bare Walls' 3/15
* Ben's Beans, Houston, TX showing through May 27th 2015
*The Lukemia and Lymphoma Society, Woman of the Year Auction Event at The Marque, Houston, TX May 1st 2015