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New Zealand artist Nicola Welten
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Nicola Welten - artist in studio

Nicola Welten 
abstract Artist

New Zealand

Coming from a family of artists and photographers going back many generations, being in an artist's studio or at a gallery opening is something I grew up with.

I have always created in one way or another since I was a child.

My grandmother Matty was a huge artistic influence with her bold dynamic oil paintings which were always quite sought after. I loved spending time in her studio, and taking trips into Auckland city with my artist mum to view Nana's and others work at art galleries. As a young child that made a huge impression on me - but also normalised contemporary art in our family. I love that with paint as opposed to other artistic forms your colour palette is virtually unlimited.

Painting energetic semi abstract works in acrylics and mostly on canvas is my preference.

I love bright vibrant colour used harmoniously and I work in an expressive way using my intuition and without too much planning. I don't wait for inspiration to strike, I just head to the studio and start using combinations of colours and marks. Part way through I will see whether the work is heading in a floral or landscape direction and follow on and edit from there. But my special focus is always using contrasting colours, tones and levels of opacity that intensify and compliment each other. 

Often the paintings seem to take on a life of their own and I love that, so every day in the studio is like heading on a wee art adventure.


I really enjoy connecting with collectors and other artists and was excited to once again be selected to exhibit at the NZ Art Show in Wellington in June 2024 and will be exhibiting at the Auckland Art Show in July 2024 for the first time. In August I will have work at the Baradene Art Show for the second year in a row. And in November my studio will be open as an Art Stop at the Bay of Plenty Garden & Art Festival.

My studio is also open by appointment.

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