Saturday, May 26, 2012

Portraits of Amazing Fiddle Players at NAFCo 2012

Australian artist Nicole Murray has created portraits of iconic international fiddle players especially for the 2012 North Atlantic Fiddle Convention in Derry. 

Murray is showing seven major works in oils and gold leaf, symbolic yet realistic portraits of well-known players, five of whom are performing at NAFCo. 

The portraits above are, clockwise from top left: Emma Nixon (Australia), Nancy Kerr triptych (England), Natalie Haas (USA), Ado Barker (Australia), Dougie Maclean (Scotland), Martin Hayes (Ireland, USA) and Alasdair Fraser (Scotland, USA).

Along with the oils, she has also created watercolour portraits of six more fiddlers, using video interviews to produce artworks that combine line drawing, watercolour and photography.

The works will be on show in the Millennium Forum, Derry, and the artist will be available to discuss the work.

Show Details.

Fiddle Icons: portraits of international fiddle players by Australian Nicole Murray.
Exhibition of paintings and prints at the North Atlantic Fiddle Convention, 27 June - 1 July 2012, at the Millennium Forum, 3 Newmarket Street Londonderry BT48 6EB.
Fiddle Icons Confidential: The Making of a Portrait. Presentation by the artist at the North Atlantic Fiddle Convention, Sunday 1 July,  AT THE NEW TIME OF 11.00am - 11.20am, with film and illustrations of the process of interviewing subjects and creating the works.

Media Coverage.

Please contact Nicole on nicole[at] or +44 7446 691874 if you would like more information about the show or higher resolution images to publish.

For the full NAFCo programme, go to

Journal of Music has published an article about the show at

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