Born in 1987, Nettie Wakefield is a British artist, currently based in London. Wakefield used to spend her summers at the Charles Cecil Studios in Florence, learning the traditional methods of drawing and painting.
She went on to complete a foundation year at Chelsea College of Art, a BA in Art History at Leeds University and then her Master’s degree in Drawing at Wimbledon College of Art, graduating in September 2013.
Without wasting a moment, Wakefield began exhibiting in London in early 2013. She was selected as 1 of 75 artists out of a shortlist of 3000 others for the prestigious Jerwood Drawing Prize 2013 which was exhibited at the Jerwood Visual Arts Space 2013. In 2014, she went on to tour venues throughout the UK, showcasing her art.
In February 2014, Wakefield held her debut solo show at the Rook and Raven Gallery in Fitzrovia, exhibiting her Reverse Portrait Series which quickly gained her recognition.
In 2015, Wakefield showcased her work at ‘Dismaland’; Banksy’s infamous bemusement park, showing her work alongside artists such as Banksy, Damien Hirst and 55 other artists by doing a live demonstration of her Reverse Portrait Series.
Wakefield was shortlisted for the John Ruskin Prize 2015 with supporting exhibitions in February and again in May 2016. Wakefield had a one-woman, one night only show of hand-drawn found objects at the Groucho club in London’s Soho during Frieze Week 2017.
The exhibition’s concept was to demonstrate the ability to see the beauty in ordinary objects, toying with imagery and wordplay.
Wakefield has also had a part in a number of group shows and art fairs including the Art Carboot, Art Below, and in November 2017, the British Art Weekend; a tightly concentrated selection of art created by British artists and artists working in Britain from the 1960s to the present day.
The selection consists of 50 or so museum-level quality works on paper and editions, paintings, photography and sculpture created by some of the most iconic names and leading faces in the modern and contemporary art world, including the work of Sir Peter Blake.
Wakefield was commissioned to illustrate ‘Hooked’, an anecdotal cookbook from Mark Hix. The launch of the book coincided with the exhibition of all of the drawings at HixArt, Shoreditch, in June 2019.
In August 2020, Wakefield returned to the Soho Revue Gallery for a group show entitled ‘Idle Thoughts’ which consisted of art created only during quarantine. In November 2020, Wakefield’s social distancing series ‘Lost in Time and Space’ was shortlisted for the Circle Foundation themed contest; ‘Art in the time of Coronavirus & Social Distancing’ and was awarded an online exhibition alongside other shortlisted artists.Find out more ...