Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan , United Kingdom
About Niki Bedford
I am attracted to objects which are weathered and show signs of wear and tear, erosion and history. I try to reproduce weathering and the beauty of decay in my work by using paper, plaster, canvas which I tear, scorch, layer and pin, creating rough edges and depth of texture. My work is strong, simple and quirky - most of it with neutral tones and a little colour, preferring to use texture to produce the art, rather than colour and form. I try to magnify a part of something I find eye-catching. In most cases it is a piece of something ageing or weathered.... a wall, a cracked bit of wood, or rusty metal. My work is just a small section of what I see. I see the bigger picture by focusing on the smaller picture. My inspiration comes from my childhood living on the tiny sun baked island of Bahrain in the Middle East, where most everything eventually cracked, weathered, shriveled or faded in the constant heat, sun, humidity and sand storms. I now live in Cowbridge, a beautiful market town in the Vale of Glamorgan, Wales, where I continue to be inspired by the craggy South Wales coastline and magnificent Vale countryside.
I am self taught and have been painting since 2002.
May – Cowbridge May Fair, The Broad Shoard, Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan.
Feb – Parallax Art Fair, Chelsea Town Hall, London.
2012 – New Artist Fair, Candid Art Galleries, London.
'Blue and White Exhibition', Victoria Fearn Gallery, Cardiff, Wales.
'Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures', Off the Wall Gallery, Cardiff,
"Sailing' , Arboreal, Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales.
2011- Proposte Per Nuove Collezioni , Gallerie D’Arte, Florence, Italy.
International Collective Exhibition , Camden Art Gallery, London.
Parallax Art Fair, Pall Mall, London.
International Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Casa Batllo, Barcelona.
2010 – Shortlisted, Welsh Government Art Competition.
2005 - The Academy, Holland Park, London
2004 - Chepstow Art on the Railings