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Nia MacKeown

Nia is a Cardiff based artist who grew up in the Pembrokeshire countryside. As a full time, professional painter her work encompasses landscape, still life and interiors. Nia spends her days painting the things she loves, imagery of everyday life, of the endearing commonplace, and landscapes tempered with reflection and light. Whilst working directly from life, she maintains fresh, reactive mark making which helps her capture the essence of her subject in an instinctive and spontaneous way. Although mainly working in oils on small panels when painting outdoors, these smaller studies are sometimes used to produce larger studio works.

Past accolades include selection to the prestigious Royal Institute of Oil Painters exhibition and New English Art Club exhibition on numerous occasions. Selection for the Royal West Academy exhibition, the Wales Contemporary and the Artsist Magazine open competition where she gained two awards for her work. 


Artist Statement

'Though my subject matter can vary from landscapes to still life or interiors, a common theme running through my work is a focus on light and colour. I have a passion for painting from life, especially “en plein air” as I enjoy the fluid and vibrant results that often arise when working out in nature.  I strive to capture the essence of the scene with immediacy and spontaneity before the light or weather conditions change. My immediate surroundings and imagery of everyday life are constant sources of inspiration which I seek to celebrate in my work'.

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