“Dreams reveal truths concealed.”
—Anne Faith Nicholls
Her sense of adventure and exploration began in Victoria, British Columbia. Restless to travel to new places, she made her journey south to San Francisco, graduating from the Academy of Art University, and then on to Los Angeles where she resides today. She has traveled the world with a focus on studying the masters. This commitment to traditional painting has contributed to the development of her own unique style of utilizing both oil and acrylic to achieve a signature layered look and a saturated, antiqued, color palette.
Nicholls’ early career success began in the California Pop Surrealist and “Low Brow” movements, appearing regularly in Juxtapoz Magazine, and as a Van’s Artist Brand Ambassador. However, she hesitates to confine herself to recent contemporary movements, citing inspiration from Surrealist and traditional painting as more key to her work.
Nicholls’ style is best described as Neo-Surrealism, or Neo-Folk-Surrealism, drawing inspiration from early American and European Folk Art; French, Mexican and Spanish Surrealism; and Society Portraiture of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Her favorite painters are René Magritte, Frida Kahlo, Neo Rauch, Ingres, Alex Katz, Chuck Close, Mathew Barney, and Marcel Duchamp. She also came up in the Los Angeles art scene showing alongside some of her mentors including Elizabeth McGrath and Mark Ryden. Nicholls cites the Surrealist Manifesto as an inspiration in many of her narratives and emphasizes the subconscious or the dream state in the core of her imagery.
The Mineral Girl Series
The American South Series