Nicky Cooney

After studying three-dimensional design, specializing in ceramic table ware,

and post graduate studies at art school, I worked for  many years in publishing

and television.

My route back to making art was via book illustration, and amongst the  wide

range of publishers who commissioned me are,  Walker Books, Transworld,

Frances Lincoln and Oxford University Press. To date I have illustrated over

twenty books for both children and adults.

All  my prints are unique and hand-made, usually in small limited editions of no

more than thirty. I use the relief print as my  main method of working, using

either lino or wood from which to cut the image, but  often combining the print

with paint and collage.  I also make collagraph prints.  

The paper I use for my prints is either  heavy quality, specialist  art paper  such

as Fabriano or Somerset Satin as well as fine Japanese papers,  the latter is

particularly good for use in the chine colle process. 

Much of the subject matter for my work, particularly my prints,  derives from

images and stories of animals and birds, often with a stylized treatment 

much influenced by ethnic art.

My preferred medium for my paintings and illustrations is watercolour  which

I often combine  with pen,  ink or pencil.

I show my work  at galleries around  the UK and in Europe, and for the last

fourteen years I have exhibited at the annual London Affordable Art Fair in

Battersea, the Brighton Art Fair, and with the Association of Illustrators  at the

Mall Galleries in London and  I have been selected to show my work at PRINTFEST

 in Cumbria, an exhibition of print makers from around the UK.

I am a member of  Oxford Printmakers, the Association of Illustrators and Oxford

Art Society.

Do check my exhibitions page to discover where I am exhibiting next and 

I  will look forward to meeting you there. 


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