Winifred Nicholson: Liberation of Colour is an exhibition, co-curated by Jovan Nicholson, that examines the major periods of the artist’s creativity. It brings together works in which she approached the genres of landscape, still life and portrait alongside her experiments with abstraction, with particular emphasis on the way she treated light and colour.
The works were developed throughout her career, taking inspiration from the places in which she lived or that she visited. These include her native Cumbria and surroundings in Lugano, Switzerland, in the early 1920s; trips to southern France and Paris in the 1930s and The Hebrides in the 1950s; and Greece in the 1960s.
Throughout her career Nicholson was interested in prisms. Inspired by her use of these geometric figures, she developed these interests in the last few years of her life, often painting pictures that verged on the abstract. Many of them unseen, and a key feature of the show, Nicholson’s prismatic pictures were a culmination of her search to find “form’s secret and rhythmic law”.
This exhibition tours to Art Gallery, Nottingham, 4 March – 4 June 2017 and Falmouth Art Gallery, 24 June – 16 September 2017.
Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, mima is one of the UK's leading galleries for modern and contemporary art and craft. The landmark building designed by Erick van Egeraat Architects is situated in the heart of Middlesbrough. mima opened to international critical acclaim in January 2007.
Hosting temporary exhibitions of fine art and craft from 1900 to the present, mima showcases work by internationally acclaimed artists. The programme includes painting, drawing, ceramics, jewellery, sound, film, mixed media, photography and sculpture.
The gallery brings together the town's art collections for the first time, from Middlesbrough Art Gallery and Cleveland Craft Centre. Selected works from the collection are showcased in an annual collection show.
Exhibitions change throughout the year and admission is free.
Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, mima is fully accessible. Wheelchairs are available on request. Disabled parking is available at the gallery. Blue badges and motorcycles are FREE. For further information please contact mima reception on 01642 931232 (Reception available during gallery opening times).