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Nikki Romney

SOLD WORKS

Songbirds ... they mimic, they thrill, they be whoever they want to be. Painting by Nikki Romney, Blacklist Art Gallery, leading Nelson Art Gallery-Studio.

SONGBIRD

1200 x 800

Loving Lola, a reminder of the need to be free to be ourselves.

LOVING LOLA

 800 x 600

Take Me To Church, love is important regardless of what crumbling old institutions say.

TAKE ME TO CHURCH

 1220 x 800 

Bob Dylan with black Les Paul and a backdrop of current times of change. Painting by Nikki Romney, Blacklist Art Gallery, leading Nelson Art Gallery-Studio.

CHANGIN' TIMES  2020

800 x 1220

Award-winning riff on freedom v the limitations of group thinking. Original artwork by Nikki Romney, Blacklist Art Gallery, leading Nelson Art Gallery-Studio.

ELEUTHERIA

800 x 600

This one was rejected for a Nelson art award so I sent it off to a national art awards where it achieved first place.  I also received runner-up for another work in the same competition that year. Eleutheria (ancient Greek  personification of liberty) interprets the gap between controlled thought and freedom. 

Intended to be a tribute to a strong Nelson figure, Huria Matenga. Original artwork by Nikki Romney, Blacklist Art Gallery, leading Nelson Art Gallery-Studio.

HURIA MATENGA - REWORKED

850 x 620

Intended as a quirky tribute to one of the powerful female figures of Nelson's past. My original work depicted Huria topless with nipple piercings - a strong, proud and beautiful woman - embracing pakeha ways. I envisioned her unashamedly baring her breasts when the christian missionaries told her to cover up.  After controversy from members of her iwi (Ngati Tama) and threats to sue me, I reluctantly made alterations. The work also depicted a current Nelson storm, referencing her part in the historic rescue of the Delaware crew.

Another work inspired by Dylan. The order is rapidly fading. Original artwork by Nikki Romney, Blacklist Art Gallery, leading Nelson Art Gallery-Studio.

THE ORDER IS RAPIDLY FADIN'

1200 x 800

Inspired by a visit to the Belvedere in Austria, where Napoleon on the Mount hangs. Nikki watched huge queues waiting to get a selfie in front of the famous work. Original artwork by Nikki Romney, Blacklist Art Gallery, leading Nelson Art Gallery-Studio.

THE SELFIE

1350 x 970

Jacinda Adern as puppet leader unable to do a thing about child poverty, despite glib promises. Original artwork by Nikki Romney, Blacklist Art Gallery, leading Nelson Art Gallery-Studio.

LET'S DO THIS  

550 x 1220

The Boat Shed Cafe, photographed by Nikki Romney during a major storm event and repainted. Original artwork by Nikki Romney, Blacklist Art Gallery, leading Nelson Art Gallery-Studio.

THE BOATSHED

500 x 600

Nikki's take on strong women being called power-hungry bitches. Original artwork by Nikki Romney, Blacklist Art Gallery, leading Nelson Art Gallery-Studio.

THE THREE BITCHES

520 x 850

Inspired by the mosque shootings in Christchurch. Jacinda portrayed as a Weeping Madonna. Original artwork by Nikki Romney, Blacklist Art Gallery, leading Nelson Art Gallery-Studio.

THE WEEPING MADONNA

750 x 680

Johnny Depp, Donald Trump, Winston Peters, Judith Collins ... all performing their roles on the big stage of life. Original artwork by Nikki Romney, Blacklist Art Gallery, leading Nelson Art Gallery-Studio.

ALL THE WORLD'S A STAGE

1200 x 660

The fallen angel looks down in sorrow on what the world has become since the first woman, Lilith, refused to submit.

LILITH

850 x 720

A girl tries to block out religious indoctrination but appears to be morphing into a puppet. Original artwork by Nikki Romney, Blacklist Art Gallery, leading Nelson Art Gallery-Studio.

LET ME BE 

570 x 420

Sold to former Starbucks International president Howard Behar in the states. He saw it on a visit to Nelson around 2015

The innocence of children and the vile deception of over-bearing religious instruction Original artwork by Nikki Romney, Blacklist Art Gallery, leading Nelson Art Gallery-Studio.

MAKE BELIEVE - NFS

600 x 1200

Women trapped by indoctrination while the bird flies free. Original artwork by Nikki Romney, Blacklist Art Gallery, leading Nelson Art Gallery-Studio.

THE INSUBORDINATE WOMAN

480 x 760

Featured In the background - some of the words in religious books that subjugate women.  Another work sold to a collector in the States.

The subjegation of women by religious intolerance. Original artwork by Nikki Romney, Blacklist Art Gallery, leading Nelson Art Gallery-Studio.

INSUBORDINATE WIFE, 2 

840 x 540

The temperation understood to be the point at which life began in the Big Bang.  Original artwork by Nikki Romney, Blacklist Art Gallery, leading Nelson Art Gallery-Studio.

5.5 TRILLION DEGREES CELCIUS 

1500 x 1100

A dancer soars free while the nuns in sensible clothes remain grounded. Which path will the child follow? Original artwork by Nikki Romney, Blacklist Art Gallery, leading Nelson Art Gallery-Studio.

DANCER

800 x 600

An angry mob attacks the proponents of free speech, including the artist. Original artwork by Nikki Romney, Blacklist Art Gallery, leading Nelson Art Gallery-Studio.

MOB RULE

750 x 600

The artist great grandmother, Alice Romney. Original artwork by Nikki Romney, Blacklist Art Gallery, leading Nelson Art Gallery-Studio.

ALICE ROMNEY

550 x 420

Portrait of my great grandmother.  Extended family moved over from England.  The Fencibles settled in Howick, Auckland.

A rare Romney still life donated from the artist's personal collection to the Suter Art Gallery. Original artwork by Nikki Romney, Blacklist Art Gallery, leading Nelson Art Gallery-Studio.

PINOT AND VERSACE

750 x 680

Angel lust and love combine in a tribute to Shakespeare's famous sonnet.

SONNET 116 

660 x 480

Among the artist's last abstract landscapes, before she turned to political and social messaging in her art. Original artwork by Nikki Romney, Blacklist Art Gallery, leading Nelson Art Gallery-Studio.

NOT ANOTHER FUCKIN' LANDSCAPE

500 x 1000

A study of a woman, sold by the artist while still incomplete. Original artwork by Nikki Romney, Blacklist Art Gallery, leading Nelson Art Gallery-Studio.

STUDY -  UNFINISHED

500 x 1000

The Bible and man's inhumanity to man. Original artwork by Nikki Romney, Blacklist Art Gallery, leading Nelson Art Gallery-Studio.

THE ADAM PAINTING

1200 x 900

This sparked a lot of controversy at the time, with arts writer Hamish Keith devoting a whole column in the Listener to it, suggesting censorship in the arts was the true obscenity. One of two works sold to Texas musician Rod Williams and his Kiwi-born songbird partner Shelley Mac.

Some want to share our unique culture; others to ring-fence it. Painting by Nikki Romney, Blacklist Art Gallery, leading Nelson Art Gallery-Studio.

TAKING TIKANGA TO THE WORLD

1400 x 1000

A painting celebrating Maori culture.  I was inspired by an app put out by Te Wananga O Aotearoa, where all people can digitally apply kirituhi moko and feel connected to Maori culture & see how they look with this tattoo.  A great topic to paint on.  My own painting of CF Goldie's - Ina (Ena) te Papatahi in the background - how would she feel about the sharing of this moko app?

This painting caused quite a stir due to moko on the chins of non-Maori, and also my using an ancestor in this work.  Folk were ignorant of Te Wananga's APP.

Nikki Romney's take on the foolishness of early Christian belief. What was the real snake in Eden? Original artwork by Nikki Romney, Blacklist Art Gallery, leading Nelson Art Gallery-Studio.

ADAM AND EVE

420 x 600

My take on the creation myth, where they blamed Eve for tempting poor Adam to sin.  Then there was the big scary serpent.  Poor Adam.  From the day this story came to life women were blamed for tempting men .

From The Joker ... who's laughing now. Nikki Romney's takes another look at freedom of expression being stifled by PC. Painting by Nikki Romney, Blacklist Art Gallery, leading Nelson Art Gallery-Studio.

WHO'S LAUGHING NOW?

 850 x 580

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