Nikki Cheal is a contemporary figurative artist who visually explores the notion of domesticity and relationships of the everyday.
Using digital technology to construct domestic environments and universal narrative, Nikki's work creates a strong sense of everyday life and love.
"My images show the kind of deep love that a lot of people feel on a daily basis. We show our love in many ways and usually it's the little ways that mean the most to us…That to me is true love."
Nikki finds her initial inspiration for her work from behind the eye of the lens. Capturing the most intimate moments of human interaction, Nikki uses her photography to form the foundation of her art.
Using her photographs purely as an outline for form and composition, Nikki then draws on colour, texture and pattern to create a heightened sense of narrative and sentiment for each piece.
"I'm always looking for perfect photos and great textures that I can use. In my piece called Domestic Goddess, set in a kitchen, I wanted to use textures that you'd find in a domestic setting, so the doors in the kitchen are created from scanning a potato; I also used a scouring pad for another texture. Inspiration and textures can come from the strangest sources".
After completing a degree in Communications in Design, Nikki began her career as a Designer. Working for a number of newspapers and magazines, Nikki continued to make art in her spare time. Her work within the design industry gave Nikki the perfect opportunity to develop her technical knowledge and talent for her art.
Each digital image, measuring 30cm by 30cm, is printed on to high quality matt photographic paper.