Keep an eye out for the new indigenous art star of the Northern Rivers region. Nickolla has a personality of genial and friendly tones, like her art. She has hit the art scene with a bang sharing and selling her art with the ease of a creative prodigy.
Her creations are down to earth and gentle in their composition and sophisticated colour palette. Featuring land, sea, and animal forms with a classic indigenous style that is executed with the precision of a young master.
She is exploring the creative world in a broad scope, currently working on screen printing her originals, large scale public art, and of course the originals that are the foundation of her fine art practice.
- Review by M. Lyons
Nickolla’s Indigenous Artworks
Arakwal Bumberbin Bundjalung Dubay (Women)
Written by Nickolla Clark
Paintings – Prints – Projects
I am a Gabul – a carpet snake person of the Gabanbaa Walgun area- Byron Bay shoulder. A proud Arakwal Bumberbin Bundjalung Dubay, currently 21 years of age, a first nations interdisciplinary artist from Northern Rivers, New South Wales, based in Byron Bay on country. Home of my mother and grandmothers lineage and heritage. My cultural expression is to bring knowledge, share subjects and create creativity through art around our traditions, culture, natural ecosystems, traditional lifestyle and our ongoing connection to country. These being my main aspects reflected within my artworks.
As an artist supported and raised by strong aboriginal women of leadership it was easy to capture inspiration to create artworks that advocated to cultural storytelling and showcasing the longest living culture in the world, but also to raise insight to the colours and culture of my homelands.
I have advocated for sharing cultural expression and knowledge to always remind others to respect country and my culture.
My artworks embody traditional and contemporary elements, symbols, colours and totems. They are bright charismatic and vary between simple and complex detailed artworks. Predominantly showcasing my representation of our beautiful National Park - a lush & lively rainforest which meets the sea, a special element to my country and many other elements.
Inspired by my elders, I paint to honour their hard work and dedication to protecting and caring for country. My Grandmother, Elder Dulcie Nicholls and her sisters fought so hard during our Arakwal Native Title journey to respect, protect, preserve, conserve and acknowledge our ancestors, the creator and our peoples and all environments of country.
Great amounts of knowledge has been taught and passed down, something I have taken in and learnt from a young age. I started painting at the young age of thirteen, and since then developed a variety of technical and artistic practices. I have transitioned into a multi-skilled artist predominantly working in paintings and printing and now natural dyeing for textiles.
Over the last three years I have started selling my artworks more variously through personal commissions and community engagement art projects like murals and public art designs which has amplified my presence in the Byron Shire. I love to paint and very happy to be growing in this art field / industry.
From a family of artist growth and achievements I am proud to share my art, designs and stories in my artworks with others.