Nails in the Woolf & other paintings
by Nom Kinnear King

Nails in the Woolf


My Own Villain

Down Down Down

The Huntress Game



Nom Kinnear King is an artist from Norfolk, now living in Hove. She is represented by George Thornton, Fine Grime and Just Another Agency and is part of exciting new artist collective Prisma. Paraxis asked her a few questions about her work:

P: Why do you paint?
N: Because I love to, art has always been something important to me. I feel in constant pursuit of something that's always evolving a little with each painting. As my skills of getting something from my mind on to paper improve, it feels that little bit closer but there's always more to go, which to me is a good thing. I work from home and love my days revolving around painting and feel discontented if they haven't for a few days.

P: Which artists inspire you?
N: Many different ones over the years; Egon Schiele, Freida Khalo, I love Klimt, his work is so rich and romantic, I also have a fondness for patterning in paintings. I also like Chagall I read a Biography on him called Love and Exile and felt very inspired after reading it. A more recent interest has been in Leonora Carrington, the world within her work is wonderfully surreal and mysterious, she's a great writer too.

P: Do other art forms inspire you and do you have any particular favourites?
N: What I read does feed into my work. Favourites would be Angela Carter, Isabel Allende, Vladimir Nabokov Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and Neil Gaiman. I love writing with a bit of magic and humour to it. House of Spirits, by Isabel Allende, is at the top of my list of books that have inspired me. I made a painting last year inspired by a main character called 'Rosa'. I have films on a lot while I work but theyíre usually just easy things for the background, like thrillers and comedies. As for music itís Tom Waits, I love the atmosphere and imagery conjured up in his songs, it all rust and bones, hunters in the woods and long lost dreams.

P: Where do the girls you paint come from?
N: I have an idea of their character when sketching the idea, I think like me they all come from small villages and find inventive ways to entertain themselves in the solitary hours, and now they roam about exploring town to town, but still a part of them remains in the private world of their imaginations. As for the style of their appearance, I look at a lot of different faces for inspiration. Many I find to be eastern European, I met a Bolivian girl called Vania working in a cafe she's been a sort of muse for a few years and I've painted her a number of times. I do find my self looking at faces a lot, especially eyebrows. I like to see tiny differences in them.

P: I find myself wondering about the girlsí lives. Do you think about what their stories would be outside of the moment you capture in the painting?
N: I do, especially whilst working on them, itís nice to let my mind wander. Iíd like to create more involved scenes in the future that can show different aspects of what they do and who they are. When I drew girls as a kid, I used walk around the fields by the house thinking about the house they live in, the things they like to do the languages they spoke, all sorts of things.

P: I love the collision of strangeness and beauty in your paintings, do any of the ideas come from dreams you've had?
N: Yes, I doodle in my notebook usually with my morning coffee and just before I go to sleep. A painting of mine called 'Yonder' was based on a great dream about a flying machine. The other day I had one about a bird that had a snow globe in its stomach. I think that will work its way into a painting.

P: Many of you paintings feature girls that have been transformed in some way, what does transformation mean to you?
N: I see it in a heart on your sleeve way, with the girl's imagination showing through to the outside, becoming a part of them. With the imagery I use, I especially love painting animals for me it feels a natural unison. Horned animals, moths and birds are the ones I'm most partial to.

P: If you could transform in some thing anything, partially or fully what would it be?
N: I would have to be part goat and part bird, goats are my favourite animal and it would be great to be able to fly.

Visit Nomís website here.


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