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Nicole Young is an artist living and working in

the Okanagan.

You'll find Nicole between the trees, lakes, and mountains of the Okanagan Valley, creating. She'll be painting, drawing, hand writing calligraphy, or talking about creativity as the driving force in her life. Nicole moved to California to study fine arts and art history at UCLA, and returned to Kelowna in 2014, where she finished her BFA in painting and art history at the University of British Columbia Okanagan. She uses her observations from travel and of people as an influence to develop unique colour schemes and material choices. Her work focuses on the documentation of people and moments: her breathless heart in the wild abandon of Iceland, the rocks and sand below her feet on a beach, or the sound of a rare summer rainstorm against a skylight in Kelowna. Nicole works primarily with acrylic paint, chalk pastels, and textiles, but some non-traditional moments should be remembered in non-traditional materials. In her next project, Nicole will develop a series exploring her passion for the environment and sustainability. 

Artist Statement

My works are representations of movement and small moments in time. In social situations, I have always been more of an observer than a participator. I love to watch and listen to people and to notice everything about my surroundings. Quick glances, subtle movements, uncontrolled expressions. Those moments when we forget about the performance of living and are simply alive. I use non traditional materials to document life, and the marks that I make are based on these observations. I integrate textiles into many of my works because I find that fabrics have such a strong connection to people, places and time. They hold a familiarity that provokes feelings of nostalgia and remembrance in the viewer. I am fascinated by the tactile qualities that are generated through the combination of fabric and paint and the endless possibilities of mark making, colours, lines and layers that this medium affords me.  While I'm working I select a colour scheme based on the fabric I have chosen and paint intuitively, balancing controlled and more accidental movements. I work in layers and try to build the movements as I go. 

My current fascination is with the way people move through spaces. In 2014 I took an art history course focused on architecture and learned about the ways buildings and structures are designed so that people flow through them in very specific ways. This idea has resurfaced in my brain very recently. The idea of attempting to control something that is so unpredictable is mirrored in my artworks - I'm balancing moments of controlled painting and surrendering to the chaos of paint itself.

Curriculum Vitae



BFA, University of British Columbia Okanagan, Kelowna, BC, Canada

Major in Visual Arts, Minor in Art History and Visual Culture


Go Global Study Abroad Program, University of California, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Fine Arts and Art History


Painting and Mixed Media, Sean Serfas, University of British Columbia Okanagan, Kelowna, BC, Canada

Pre-University Course

Selected Solo Exhibitions


Ratio, Featured Artist, Vernon BC

Rivers and Roads to Find You, Vernon Public Art Gallery, Vernon BC


Mix and Match, heART School Exhibition Space, Starbucks, Kelowna, BC

The Rule of Three, Ecora Engineering, Kelowna, BC


Where We Are, Streaming Café, Kelowna, BC

Shell, Lululemon Athletica, Kelowna, BC

Away We Go, The Marmalade Cat, Kelowna, BC


Jailbird, The Habitat, Kelowna, BC                                                                                                                                     

One Last Thing, Frock, Kelowna, BC

Selected Group Exhibitions


Exposed!, Vernon Public Art Gallery, Vernon, BC

Drawn Together, Kelowna Art Gallery, Kelowna, BC

Off The Rails: Lake Country Art Walk, Lake Country Community Complex, Lake Country, BC

Artscape Community Exhibition, Okanagan College Library, Kelowna, BC

Draped/Double Take, Lake Country Art Gallery, Lake Country, BC

Satin Sea, Rotary Center for the Arts, Kelowna, BC


Shelf Life, Vernon Public Art Gallery, Vernon, BC (Travelling Exhibition)

Shelf Life, FCCS Gallery, University of British Columbia Okanagan, Kelowna, BC


Inside Out, Hillel at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, USA


Under Eight, SOPA Fine Arts, Kelowna, BC


Under Eight, SOPA Fine Arts, Kelowna, BC

The Mad Hatter, Kelowna, BC

Curatorial Work


Artscape Curatorial Internship, Arts Council of the Central Okanagan, Kelowna, BC, Canada