Nicole Katsuras approaches her art with a playful sense of imagination. Her vivid abstractions hint at notions of the natural world: jungles, islands, maps, animals and flowers. To create her thick and boldly coloured paintings, she employs a variety of knife, brush and irregular mark-making tools, all the while squeezing paint directly from the tube onto the canvas to form gradient swirl patterns. The layers of impasto overlap one another to create a striking visual complexity. Each work redefines the relationship between artistic sophistication, pastiche, playfulness and confidence.
Katsuras received an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Fine Arts from the Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design in London, UK. Recent exhibitions include a solo show at Corkin Gallery in Toronto, the exhibition Riptides and Thunderstormsat 944 Queen Street West and Parade 1at Track and Field Gallery in Toronto. Her work can be found in numerous corporate collections, including McCarthy Tetrault, Canaccord, Encana, RBC Capital Investments, Mirvish Collection and Holt Renfrew.