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“NGx2,” oil on linen, 18x24 inches, 2016

Spotlight on the Contemporary Art of Nicole Michelle Tully

Nicole Michelle Tully (b. 1972, Germany) was one of eight original members of the Jacob Collins Studio (1994-97) and was one of eleven founding members of the Water Street Atelier (1997-98), both in Brooklyn, NY. She is the co-founder of Studio Escalier, where she is also on the faculty.

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“10:15 pm (paris),” oil on linen, 2019

“My work evolves out of my immediate surroundings and centers on those closest to me. My husband and I , along with our 6 year old daughter, live and work in Paris and the French countryside. We migrate back and forth between the city and the countryside to teach and to paint. There are subtle differences between the work that gets made in each specific place. I am interested in the unique, unrepeatable conditions of light within a given place, in a given season, at a specific time and the emotional impact of a particular light effect.

“Most of my paintings evolve over weeks – sometimes months and occasionally, years. I tend to use a medium sized, prismatic palette of about 15 colors. This varies slightly depending on the subject.”

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“10:25am (paris),” oil on linen, 8×11 inches, 2019

Ms. Tully has shown her work in galleries in the United States and Europe, including Iliad Antik (NYC), the Sherry French Gallery (NYC), Klaudia Marr Fine Art (Santa Fe, NM), and the John Pence Gallery (San Francisco). Her work has entered several distinguished private collections in the US and Europe, including the collection of Margot Gordon and HRH the Prince of Wales.

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“AB backlit (paris),” detail, oil on linen, 10×14 inches, 2019

She received her MFA degree in Painting from the Graduate School of Figurative Art – New York Academy of Art. She went to art school in New York City at the Art Students League and National Academy of Design, and in France at the Ecole Albert Defois under Ted Seth Jacobs (1996-2001). She holds a BA degree magna cum laude in Art History from New York University.

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“sp paris,” oil on linen, 8 x 10 inches, 2019

Ms. Tully has been the recipient of grants, fellowships and exhibition prizes from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, the New York Academy of Art, the Prince of Wales Fellowship, the National Academy of Design, the Circulo de Bellas Artes in Madrid, Spain, the Leslie T. and Frances U. Posey Foundation and the Stacey Foundation.

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“NG (paris),” oil on linen, 10×10 inches, 2018

In 2012, Ms. Tully’s work was selected by ACOPAL (the America China Oil Painters Art League) to be included in the first major exhibition of contemporary American realist painting in China. The ACOPAL exhibition debuted at the National Arts Club in New York City in 2012, and will travel to several major museums in China in 2013. In 2015, Ms Tully’s portrait, NG, was selected to be included in the annual Royal Society of Portrait painters exhibition in London.

Additional Contemporary Art by Michelle Tully:

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“8:45 (sp),” oil on linen, 8 x 10 inches, 2019
Contemporary art - Michelle Tully - RealismToday.com
“9:45 pm,” oil on linen, 10×10 inches, 2018
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“confinement series #1,” oil on linen, 8 x 11 inches, 2020

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