Approved: 10.10.2011

Nicki Rolls


Approved: 10.10.2011

Artist Statement

Large works in charcoal and small oil paintings exploring the fragility, vulnerability and overlooked status of wildflower plants. 

In my series of large scale drawings of plants that live in the wild, I seek to expose the fragility of plant life on our planet. I draw the wildflowers larger than life, seeking to celebrate the majestic and foreground smaller plants and less prized plants and weeds. In each drawing, the plant’s roots are exposed, revealing their source of life and energy and, paradoxically, their vulnerability and fragility. I work loosely, aiming to capture life and movement and passage through time, as the plant begins to wilt and die over the duration of the drawing.

I am currently working on a series of small paintings depicting cut weeds in vases. The weeds are common, often disregarded species, such as daisies, dandelions, nettle and bindweed. Painted as displays in valued vases I am interested the paradox of their beauty and value versus their overlooked status.

CV & Education



2011       MA Fine Art at Wimbledon College of Art, University of the Arts, London

2005       BA (Hons) Fine Art: Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, University of the Arts, London.






2011      Winner of the Jerwood Drawing Prize, Student Award, 2011

2008       Shortlisted for The Jerwood Moving Images Award, 2008




Solo Exhibitions

2015       Byte My Bambi, ArtLacuna, London, 16-20 September

2012       On and On, Hayward Gallery Concrete Café, 27 March – 24 June

2003      10 Minute Tour, site specific show/performance, Hampton Court




Selected Group Exhibitions and Screenings

2022      Royal Society of British Artists Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London 

2021      Brentford Art Trail, Ballymore Project Space, Brentford, London 

2019      Murmurations, Deptford X, Art Licks festivals, hARTslane, London

2018      Inside Out and Outside In, Leyden Gallery, London

              Drawing Connections, Brighton Fringe Festival, Brighton

              Merry-Go-Round Broke Down, Air Gallery, Manchester

              Quick Quick Quick (screening), London Art Fair, London

2017      Searching the Line, Filter4, Basel, Switzerland

              Venice Contemporary, Palazzo Flangini, Venice, Italy

              Game Face, 47/49 Tanner St, London

2016      Colliderscape, A.P.T Gallery, London

              A Many Sided Thing, A-side B-side gallery, London

              On Our Way to Where?, Deptford X, Art Licks festivals, hARTslane, London

               Amy Johnson Festival, Kardomah94, Hull

2015       We All Draw @ UAL, Bargehouse, OXO Tower Wharf, London

               Artists Moving Image Festival, Museum of Club Culture, Hull, One Minute Hull

               Unrooted, Redlees Gallery, London

2014      Happenstance Gallery, London, 19 – 24 June, Salon des Refuses

              Espacio Gallery, Bethnal Green Rd, 23 May – 3 June, Second Nature

              Tate Britain, 7 February, Late at Tate Britain, 1840s GIF Party

              Furtherfield Gallery, London, 1- 2 Feb, One Minute Vol. 7


2013      The Projection Rooms, Hull, Screening One Minute Vol. 7

              De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea, Screening One Minute Vol. 7

              Cofi Roc, Caernarfon, North Wales, Screening One Minute Vol.7

              Art Lacuna Film Festival, 18/19 May

              Casoria Contemporary Art Museum, Italy, 3 May, One Minute Vol. 6

              20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe, 11-12 Oct, One Minute Vol. 4, 5 & 6

              Furtherfield Gallery, London, 19 Jan - 3 Feb, One Minute Vol. 4,5 & 6


2012      Jotta at Kopparberg Un-Establishment, London, 21-25 Oct, Refraction    

              The Horse Hospital, London, 20 September, One Minute Vol. 6

              360 Degree Cinema Dome, Weymouth, 10-11 Aug, Treasuredome

              Vibe Gallery, London 19-29 May, Desperate Artwives

              Burton Art Gallery and Museum, Bideford, Jerwood Drawing Prize

              Lanchester Gallery, Coventry, 1 - 31 March, Jerwood Drawing Prize

              Director’s Lounge, Berlin, 9-19 Feb, Screening of One Minute Vol. 5

              FACT, Liverpool, 25 January, Screening of One Minute Vol. 5

              BayArt, Cardiff, 4 - 26 January, Jerwood Drawing Prize


2011       Jerwood Space, London, 13 September, Jerwood Drawing Prize

              Wimbledon College of Art, 5 September, Wimbledon MA Show

              Glimmer, Hull International Short Film Festival, October, Screening of One Minute Vol. 5

              HMV Curzon Wimbledon, 20 June, Moving Image South

              The Horse Hospital, London, 6 April, London Underground Film Festival

              Chisenhale Dance Space, London, 17 March, TV Dinners Festival

               Nunnery Gallery, London, 10 March, Wimbledon MA Interim Show


2010       National Museum of Contemporary Art (MNAC), One Minute Vol. 4

               Stew Gallery Norwich, One Minute Vol. 4

              The Woodmill, Bermondsey, London, CCW MA Salon,  

              HMV Curzon, Wimbledon, Moving Image South

              The Arthouse, Deptford X, Wild, Wicked and Wanton

               Marseille Project Gallery, Future Proof Exhibition, One Minute Vol. 4

               C.A.R. (Contemporary Art Ruhr) Germany 2nd-4th July, One Minute Vol. 4  

               Directors Lounge Contemporary Media & Art Meinblau Berlin 4 June, One Minute Vol. 4

              242 Gallery, Cambridge Heath Rd, London, Monster

              Ukrainian Arts Festival in Koktebel, One Minute Vol. 4

              Prism, Sheffield Independent Film, Sheffield, 14 May, One Minute Vol. 4

              Nunnery Gallery, London, Wimbledon MA Interim Show

2009      Auto Italia Gallery, London, CCW MA Salon

2008      Jerwood Gallery, London, Shortlist for Jerwood Moving Image Award

2007      St Pancras Church Crypt, London, Life cycles

              The Nunnery Gallery, London, Disposable Fetish

2006      Café Gallery Projects, London, Projektor

2005      291 Gallery, London, Re-Generation

              South Presentation Convent, Cork, Incantations, Cork Art Trail 2005

              Tate Modern, London, Shrinking Childhoods (Kids Company Residency)




Drawing commision for Monica Boxley Retail (2012)





DVDs    One Minute (Vol. 7), Curated by Kerry Baldry

              One Minute (Vol. 6), Curated by Kerry Baldry

              One Minute (Vol. 5), Curated by Kerry Baldry

              One Minute (Vol. 4), Curated by Kerry Baldry


Limited Edition Artist’s Book, Teeny Weeny Gran, 2002, editions held at:

               National Arts Library Special Collection, Victoria & Albert Museum                          London.

               Artist’s Book Collection, Central Saint Martins College of Art, London