Niki Urban

 

"The process of creating a drawing or painting is most important to me because there is so much time and attention involved. Usually I have a main idea in my head and then plan out most of the image before starting it, but after a certain point in time I begin to improvise… Though rather carefully. Using fine tipped ink pens as a medium is satisfying because I can get so much detail. It quickly gets painfully tedious but I somehow enjoy that. When it comes to the themes that appear in my work, there is usually a “dark” or somewhat gloomy feeling, and I think it comes from a special relationship with fear and anxiety. I am very intrigued with the darker side of art for that reason and because anxiety provokes a lot of strange and illogical thoughts to the imagination. I’d like for my audience to see the beauty of the dark side in my work, and to appreciate strangeness."

 

www.nikiurbanartwork.com

 

Educaton/CV:

 

Education: 

BFA 2012 Fine Arts College for Creative Studies

 

Exhibition Record:

2009—2012  Student Exhibition, CCS: Detroit, MI 

 

2011 Art Opening, Depot Town Tattoo: Ypsilanti, MI. 

 

2011—2012 Local Artist Exhibition, Studio West: Brighton, MI.

 

2012 ArtPrize, The B.O.B: Grand Rapids, MI.

 

2012 Senior Thesis Show, Popp’s Packing: Hamtramck, MI.

 

2013 Odditorium Detroit, Vol. 2: “Wunderkammer”: District VII: Detroit, MI.

 

2013 INK., Tangent Gallery: Detroit, MI.

 

2013 Dia De Los Natitas (Day of the Skulls) Art Show, Kings & Queens Tattoo:  

                                 Waterford, MI.

 

2013 Local Artist Exhibition, Studio West: Brighton, MI.

 

2013 Corpus Illuminata, Tangent Gallery: Detroit, MI.

 

2013 Grim Delusions, Kings & Queens Tattoo: Waterford, MI.

 

2013 Damned, Tangent Gallery: Detroit, MI.

 

2014 CCS Alumni Show, Taubman Center: Detroit, MI.

 

2015 Red Bull House of Art Cycle 10, Red Bull House of Art: Detroit, MI

 

2015 Red Bull House of Art Alumni Exhibition, Red Bull House of Art: Detroit, MI