Nadia Day studied art at the prestigious Knights Park at Kingston University, training under Leo Duff. Following that she gained a BA in Theatre Arts at Birmingham University; worked in TV Production Design and Experiential Marketing; before revisiting her passion for painting.
Nadia works in acrylic on canvas, opting for pallet knives and thick brushstrokes to create bold and energetic impressionistic work. Most of her imagery is of deer in Richmond Park and Bushy Park, her local stomping grounds, plus seascapes from the south coast.
Nadia is currently being represented in London by Wills Art Warehouse Gallery and locally by Handmade Frames and Richmond Hill Bakery where a selection of her paintings are on sale.
Her studio is at home, where she sometimes shares her easel space with her gorgeous son Jasper (there is also a Jemima at home, but luckily she is too young to be painting at present)
Nadia will be exhibiting at FLUX Exhibition in London between the 2nd – 6th November at The Old Truman Brewery.
Self taught or art school?
Art Foundation at Kingston University; then Theatre Design at Birmingham University.
If you could own one work of art what would it be?
‘Nu bleu IV’ by Henri Matisse. I love large abstract figurative art with fresh colours.
How would you describe your style?
Impressionistic illustrative landscape art.
Where are your favourite places to view art?
In an architecturally modernistic home setting.
Who are your favourite artists and why?
My favourite artist is Quentin Blake with his skilled use of ink pen and immensely humourous work. I also admire David Hockney’s fresh colours, illustrative style, humourous undertones, and large scaled multi-panelled pieces.
Then of course Van Gogh, for his fresh alternative colours, playful use of paint, beautiful landscapes, and the fascinating psychology behind the work.
What or who inspires your art?
The beautiful natural landscapes I have on my doorstep from Bushy Park, Richmond Park, to the Thames river views are a breath of fresh air; they not only relax and energise me but provide the inspiration for my work.
I paint the Sussex coast around Rye when I visit my Dad – the sea views always inspire me. I am most bold and free when painting seascapes. My father is a great oil painter and role model to me; I love hanging out in his studio seeing his latest works and learning how he has applied the paint and created the effects.
Where’s your studio and what’s it like?
My studio is at home in my kitchen extension, where it is light and warm. I have blocks of time when it is just me (no kids in sight!) – when I work silently and really fast and focused.
Do you have any studio rituals?
I work militantly because time is precious and I need to be super productive. Everything has to be tidy before I start and then boom – the time flies and I feel like I’m flying. A cup of tea and a Kitkat is my standard late-morning boost.
What are you working on currently?
A local deer scene for my exhibition at Richmond Hill Bakery, where my canvases have been selling like hot cakes (excuse the pun!).
Where can we buy your art?
Via my websites:
or at Handmade Frames Teddington
What are your ambitions?
To have a little time away from commissions and exhibitions in order to be more playful with paint and develop a more abstract style in my landscapes and seascapes.