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Introducing Nicky Ackland-Snow

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Inspired by stories imagined within found ephemera from the past, Nicky is passionate about creating new meanings from old contexts. Her work has a strong conceptual base and uses typography and metaphor to create layers of visual poetry. The technicolour utopianism of the 1950’s has inspired a feel-good approach to her illustration, projecting hopefulness and fun.

Having actively engaged in editorial and publishing projects for the illustration industry over the last 30 years, Nicky has also been inspired by a range of opportunities in the commercial art world. Working in the arenas of festival branding, international product merchandising, illustrated commercial interiors and authorship, Nicky embraces all possible outlets for her work.

Nicky has a BA in Graphic Design from Bath School of Art which helped to mould an illustrational approach with a strong base in design principles. She lives, works and lectures in the South West of the UK and continues to scour the flea markets, auction houses and old book shops for hidden treasures.

Endorsed by her art hero at her Degree Show, Nicky sold her first piece of art to the legendary Peter Blake – this remains one of her proudest creative moments.

Professional qualifications: First Class BA (Hons) Graphic Design & Illustration / PGCE

BBC Homes & Antiques Magazine / Bridgewater Books / Collins & Brown / Cox & Cox / Dorling Kindersley Publishing / DBP Publishing / Elle Decoration / Glastonbury Festival / Ivy Press / KCGB for Holstein Pils / Lawyer 2 B Magazine / Longman’s Books / Marie Claire Magazine / Metro Newspaper / MTV / New Scientist Magazine / Pan Macmillan Books / Quarto Books / Quiet Storm Ad Agency / Serpent’s Tail Books / Sony Columbia Records / The Art Group for MTV / The Big Issue / Vintage Books

ILLUSTRATION CLIENTS US Atlanta Magazine / Bloomberg Press / Boston Globe / Chicago Tribune / Computer World / CIO / Communications / Family PC Magazine / Good Housekeeping Magazine / Hemisphere Magazine / Lawyer Magazine / MS Magazine / National Law Journal / New York Times / Sales and Marketing Magazine / Science & Technology Magazine / Technology Review / The Voice / Time Magazine Asia / Wall Street Journal / Washington Post / Women’s Journal

FESTIVAL ART CLIENTS The Hub stage at Glastonbury (1995) / Shindig (2014/2015) / Womad (2004)

FINE ART EXHIBITIONS ART IN BOXES · (1991/2 and 1993/4). ‘England & Co’ London, Nottingham Castle Museum

COLLAGE SHOW · (1993). ‘England & Co’ London

SURREALISM 35-95 · ‘England & Co’ London

TEN · ‘Fouts & Fowler’ London

WINTER EXHIBITION / TREADWELL’S ART MILL · (1994) ‘Goetz Gallery, Basle, Switzerland

THE NEW LOS ANGELES ART FAIR / TREADWELL’S · (1994) ‘Universal Studios’ Hollywood




ANGEL BAR AND RESTAURANT · Islington, London (1995)

BATH LIONS artists – Summer (2010)

PRODUCT LINE 'Nicky Snow' - gift and prints (2008 - 2012). Shortlisted for Ideal Homes 'Gift of the Year' (2010)

AUTHORSHIP FLY-THE ART OF THE CLUB FLYER 1996 · Published by Thames & Hudson, London and Watson Guptill, New York. Achieved status of 2nd best selling design book in UK 1997.

AWARDS Ozzie Gold Award for Design and Illustration (2004)

PRESS APPEARANCES BBC Homes & Antiques / Creative Review / Computer Arts / Elle Decoration / Marie Claire / The Independent / World of Interiors

TEACHING POSTS Experienced lecturer and course leader for BA Illustration / BA Graphic Design / HND Fashion & Textiles / Foundation Diploma Art, Design & Media / BTEC EXT National Diploma Graphic Design

OTHER Level 1 Football coach!