Nicki Holt - Biography
Nicki Holt

I was born in London and from a very young age always loved drawing and painting and knew that I wanted to be an artist. I studied at Harrow School of Art, and at Bath Academy of Art. Good drawing is very important to me and underpins most of the work I now make.

In 1989 I moved to Suffolk and after years of working as an illustrator and designer re-discovered printmaking.

My main focus has always been etching. I have exhibited work in London, but now show mainly in Suffolk. My subject matter varies but I am inspired by nature, which seems to have an inherent mystery and dark side which I attempt to convey in my prints. I will often use my imagination to transform a natural image and take it on a stage further.

Printmaking excites me as it offers infinite possibilities to experiment; with etchings I use quite intense precise drawing in a representational way, whereas collagraphs are a good foil for the elaborate and lengthy etching process; with these I tend to produce more spontaneous, abstract, colourful prints. Generally I have a plan, but each print process and even some of the mistakes made can dictate the outcome; I enjoy this relaxed approach as it allows successive printings to find their own level rather than being forced. I produce small editions of etchings, usually about twelve prints. I also produce monoprints, relief prints, drypoint, and collage and occasionally combine some of these processes to create the desired result.

Nicki Holt

Art Resume

Foundation Year
Harrow School of Art

1971 - 1972
Fine Art
Bath Academy of Art

Camden Institute

1972 - 1973
Harrow School of Art

1973 - 1976

On leaving art school worked as a freelance illustrator and designer, originally for publishing and magazines and later illustration and design for packaging.

After approx 17 years abandoned illustration in favour of printmaking.

Exhibited in London at:

Centaur Gallery, Highgate
Islington Library
Lauderdale House, Highgate
Perrins Art Gallery, Hampstead
Camden Arts Centre
Chalk Farm Gallery

Exhibited in Suffolk at:

Denis Taplin Gallery, Woodbridge
Farlingaye School, Woodbridge
Woodbridge School
Woodbridge Library
Yoxford Arts Festival

Solo Exhibitions Suffolk:

'Nature & Imagination' Reunion Gallery 2005
'4 Days' Aldeburgh Gallery 2006
'Original Prints' Barn Gallery, Parkside, Lower Ufford 2007
'Solo' Aldeburgh Gallery Suffolk 2011
'On the Wall @ RE+new' 2012
'Original Prints' Woodbridge Library 2013
'Impresos' Original Prints, Carousel, Framlingham Sept 2017

Group Exhibitions Suffolk

Open Studios, Yoxford
Asylum Studios Rendlesham
'Naked' Aldeburgh Cinema Gallery
'Print Matters' Aldeburgh Cinema Gallery
'Inky Fingers' Aldeburgh Cinema Gallery
Langham Fine Art 'Art et Jardin' 2001
Ipswich Art Society Annual Open exhibitions 2001 - 2017
'Ebb and Flow' Peter Pears Gallery Aldeburgh
International Mini Print Exhibition (3 successive years) - Cadaques - Wingfield
Lexus Car Launch, Ipswich
'Cotman Challenge' Reunion Gallery, Felixstowe
'Impromptu' Snape Maltings Gallery
Easton Festival 2008
'Inky Fingers' Framlingham Arts Festival 2008
'Four Artists for Seven Days' Aldeburgh Gallery 2008
'Inky Fingers' Aldeburgh Cinema Gallery 2011
Re+new Gallery, Woodbridge 2011
International Miniprint Exhibition Cadaques - Wingfield 2012
New Angles Exhibition Waterfront Building Ipswich 2012
Art7 PeterPears Gallery Aldeburgh May 2013
Beaks Claws & Feathers; Brilliant Birds Raveningham Centre Beccles, 2013
International Miniprint Exhibition Cadaques - Wingfield 2013
'Inky 'Fingers' Aldeburgh Cinema Gallery 2016

Hahneműhle Miniprint exhibition 2017

Venues: Garage Gallery Aldeburgh Sept 2017
Nunnsyard Gallery Norwich Oct 2017
Artspace Cambridge Nov 2017
New Cut Halesworth Dec 2017
Old Bank Bungay Dec 2017
The Granary Stow-on-the-Wold 2018
Wingfield Barns Suffolk 2018

'Pictures for Christmas' Ipswich Art Society Members Exhibition
Artspace, Woodbridge Nov 2017

'Fifth Edition' Artspace, Woodbridge May/June 2018

12th Biennial International Miniprint Exhibition
Center for Contemporary Printmaking Connecticut, USA June-Sept 2019

Inky Fingers Printmaking Group member

Ipswich Art Society member