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Dream Arena by Nicky Carvell

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Nicky Carvell was born in Hertfordshire and now lives and works in London. She graduated from the Royal Academy Schools in 2009. Nicky’s work celebrates commercial visuals that may be considered stylistically outdated, but still command a powerful presence.

Her 2012 exhibitions include, ‘Red, White and Blue – Pop/Punk/Politics/Place’, Chelsea Space, London and ‘RAINBOW REV’, 3rd Ward, Brooklyn, New York. In 2009 she was awarded The Land Securities Studio Prize – a residency on Oxford Street, London; and in 2012 she was the 3rd Ward Open Call Grand Prize Winner, receiving a residency in New York.

Nicky’s work explores “Suburban Leisure Signage which embodies dreams for people in grotty small towns – looking past the dreary everyday into a fantastical colour realm!” And Dream Arena is certainly no exception to that kaleidoscopic journey.

“Dream Arena began with the spray painted pastel gradient which forms a ‘Sky Space’, upon which abstract ‘Clouds’ of dynamic signs are suspended.” Nicky used a high gloss, vinyl-wrapped finish on the egg, coaxing onlookers into a fantasy zone. The work echoes the way in which she too was dazzled as a child when she was brought from a small Hertfordshire town to see the energy and spectacle of Covent Garden.

As for the name, “It is entitled Dream Arena as I hope to spark viewers’ imaginations with visions of alternate realities; encouraging a new, brighter world for our aspirations to exist within.”

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