University of Victoria, 1998, BFA
A drawer, painter, sculptor, and installation artist, Niki Singleton draws on both popular culture and mythology in order to create works that simultaneously reference human history and comment on contemporary culture. Her characters are underdogs, failed kings and forgotten goddesses. The work celebrates those that scream or should scream from the fringes of society. The sculptures are characters roughly hewn from debris found in Brooklyn and Connecticut and ask us to remember who or what we discard.
Singleton’s work is variable, ranging from colored abstract compositions to surreal gestural works created in an expressionist style. Her subject matter reflects this flexibility as well: her works are just as likely to feature her talented friends performing in local spaces as they are to depict grand compositions riddled with social commentary. Her work celebrates art as a positive force against robotic mentality and like Degas finds inspiration in theater and performance.
Born in Vancouver, Canada, to African and European parents, Niki is now based in Brooklyn after traveling and living abroad for 10 years. She has undertaken residencies in France, the Netherlands, New York and has had solo exhibitions at the Holocaust Museum in Dallas, Imagine Ic in Amsterdam and now Undercurrent Projects in New York City. Her work has been included in group exhibitions at Friedman Gallery, Nurture Art Benefit and White Box Gallery in Manhattan as well as Life on Mars Gallery, Brooklyn Fireproof Gallery, Studio 10 and Triangle Workshop in Brooklyn. She holds an MFA from the New York Studio School.