Drawing on source material including film stills, documentary footage, historical paparazzi and entertainment photography, Fowler’s investigation of the interplay between tragedy and beauty emerges from intricate archival research. Her drawings are weighted by tensions surrounding ridicule, self-sabotage, compulsion, victimisation, emotional and physical vulnerability, exploitation, excess and abuse, played out in complex ways and in different combinations through the prism of the camera lens and the cinema screen.
Nina Mae Fowler (b.1981) graduated in Fine Art Sculpture from Brighton University in 2003. Fowler has been shortlisted for numerous prizes and awards, including the Jerwood Drawing Prize (2015 & 2010) and the BP Portrait Award (2008). Fowler is represented by galleries in London (Cob Gallery), Paris (Galerie Suzanne Tarasieve) and Berlin (artnow Gallery). Her works are held in notable public collections including: The National Portrait Gallery (UK), Balliol, Magdalen and New Colleges Oxford (UK), Colección Al Limite (Chile), and In 2018, David Lynch’s establishment Silencio held a retrospective of her work. Fowler's work is also included in the private collections of Sir Ridley Scott, Jude Law, Roland Mouret, John Maybury, Dame Marina Warner, Polly Stenham, Sharleen Spiteri, Daniel Templon and others.