Nettle Grellier


Nettle Grellier’s figurative oil paintings express closeness and friendship. The tenderness between the figures in her paintings suggest a sense of intimacy and safety against the disjointedness of today’s restless world. Grellier finds reference material in books about textiles and pattern, and her subjects also hint at folklore and craft, doing gentle tasks with bare feet and hands; absorbed figures who are comfortable in the closeness with the other subjects. In contrast to contemporary experiences of alienation and loneliness, these scenes of repose and leisure contain a yearning for an idyllic and communal ‘simple life’