Nicole Coson bares Spanish inspiration
Asked by London-based magazine “Something Curated” on how her Filipino identity and upbringing influenced the work that she makes, daughter of SM and BDO business magnate Teresita Sy-Coson, Nicole Coson revealed that she used to “spend long humid afternoons” outside in the garden with her grandfather’s best friend, Spanish painter Juvenal Sanso.
“He painted massive landscapes with intense bright colours, but when we were together, we’d eat cake and paint rocks all the time in black ink with a crunchy old brush. At the time I felt like it was an introduction to something; he was really teaching me how to look at these objects,” Coson said.
A champion of analogue printmaking processes, Coson believes that working with fewer colours allows the subject “to remain uninvested nor trapped in a singular identity, to instead float freely as it shuffles between instances of recognition and unfamiliarity.”
“I became interested in ambiguous designs, such as Rorschach tests. I find their elusive nature beautiful in its ambiguity and the ability of the image to seem open-ended and limitless,” Coson said.
Sanso, with his festive paintings, is surely proud of his minimalist protégé, who is not just making waves in the London art scene but has also been nominated for the Saatchi New Sensations Award and has gone on solo shows in Manila, London and Rome.
Interview: In The Studio With Nicole Coson London-based Filipino artist Nicole Coson (@nicolecoson) works in a range of media, notably championing analogue printmaking processes. In 2014, she graduated from Central Saint Martins with a bachelors in Fine Art. The same year, she was nominated for the Saatchi New Sensations Award (@saatchi_gallery), and has gone onto exhibit her work internationally, with solo shows in London, Manila and Rome. Examining intersections between absence and presence, the unfamiliar and known, Coson’s prints sensitively register outlines, impressions and movements. Something Curated met up with the artist at her east London studio to learn more about her work, life after art school, and her plans for the future. Link in bio.