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
ILLUSTRATION CLIENTS UK
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
LONDON CONTEMPORARY ART FAIR / TREADWELL’S · (1996) London
THE PETER BLAKE COLLECTIONS EXHIBITION - Tate Modern (2005)
INSTALLATIONS WATERSTONES BOOKSELLERS · Bath (1993)
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!
We are proud to announce that four Début Art represented illustrators have had work longlisted for the 2022 World Illustration Awards hosted by the AOI. They are: Lisa Sheehan, Christian Gralingen, Xinmei Liu and Bartosz Kosowski. You can view the entire long-listed works here.
To celebrate their 5th birthday The Ned London commissioned Nathan Ward to create this mid-pop confetti cannon. Nathan worked with his regular collaborator in GFSmith to put together the beautiful paper colour combinations for the project.
Creating posters based on the classic 'National Lampoon Christmas Vacation' and recent TV hit 'Squid Game', Doug John Miller worked with the Bottleneck Gallery to create a limited run of prints. The first edition of the prints has sold out but keep your eyes peeled on the Bottleneck Gallery's website here for any further editions.
Chris Labrooy's iconic Porsche 966 takes a trip to China in this new animation. One in his surrealist car series, the Porsche 966 is a personal favourite of Chris' and the Swan 966 features heavily across his work.