Nicole O’Loughlin is an interdisciplinary artist who works across various mediums to explore societal issues, pop culture and the idea of the feminine. She works across textiles, painting, drawing and printmaking. Using traditional media in a contemporary context, Nicole challenges the notion of craft and pushes back against the industrialisation of the handmade.
Nicole graduated from the Tasmanian College of the Arts in 2009. During her undergraduate studies, she completed a year’s exchange at the Madrid Art School, soaking in the tradition of European art. In 2015 she received first-class honours and is currently a PhD candidate in the Arts and Health. Nicole has been a finalist in the Lester Portrait Prize (highly commended), Paul Guest Prize (winning the People’s Choice award 2020), Archibald Salon des Refuses, The Alice Prize, Wangaratta Contemporary Textile Award, Hutchins Prize, Burnie Print Prize, Henry Jones Art Prize and the Women’s Art Prize Tasmania. She has completed residencies in China, Argentina, Maatsuyker Island and the Hutchins School in Hobart. Her work has been featured in Artist Profile and on art blogs like The Fiber Studio. It is held in numerous private and public collections, including the Australian Parliament House Art Collection and the Tasmanian State Government Collection.