Nicky Hirst’s art is perhaps best described as an exploration of serendipity that can occur in unintended and unexpected places. Her sources may be particular objects or certain words whose meaning she may subtly shift by manipulation or juxtaposition. Her output is multifarious, including drawing, sculpture, etched glass, collage, printed text, photography and public art commissions. While avoiding simple categorisation, her art is always characterised by a measured stance and sensitivity towards materials.
After studying Fine Art followed by Art and Architecture, she has pursued a parallel practice within the studio and working collaboratively with architects and other professionals. She has produced many diverse projects for the public realm, which include the Biochemistry building for the University of Oxford, Bulgari Hotel in Knightsbridge, Kingfisher Court NHS Mental Health Facility in Hertfordshire, the glazed entrance of Oxfordshire County Library and a glazing and screening scheme for Y Bwthyn Palliative Care Unit, Royal Glamorgan Hospital in Wales.
Nicky was appointed as Election Artist for the 2019 General Election by the Speaker's Advisory Committee on Works of Art. The resulting artwork will form part of the Parliamentary Art Collection. She is currently co-editor of MASS Sculpture Magazine and a mentor on the TURPS/ MASS correspondence course.
Nicky Hirst is represented by Domobaal