Niki Gulley’s passion for painting began in grade school when she had to draw something as mundane as shoes for art class, and loved every minute of it. Seeing a spark of enthusiasm, her parents signed her up for private art lessons and she has been hooked ever since. Following her childhood in Glenview, Illinois, Niki relocated to Dallas to pursue an art major at Southern Methodist University. Upon graduating Gulley entered the world of advertising, working as art director for Advocate magazines in Dallas. After a few years passed by, Niki felt like something was missing. So she started painting again during nights, weekends and any time she could find a free moment. Ten years later she segued from advertising to live her life’s dream of being a full-time artist. It only makes sense that someone as passionate about her work would find a kindred artistic spirit to share her life with as they explore the world. Niki met her future husband when he started working as a photographer with her at the magazine. Their friendship blossomed into a romance that eventually became a husband and wife painting/photography pair that travels the globe in search of beauty and inspiration. Their mutual experience as teachers, coupled with their traveling adventures has also led them to conduct art workshops in both Europe and the United States. Gulley strives to capture the vibrant energy and intrinsic beauty of our natural surroundings so as to uplift one’s spirits and suggest childlike wonder. In order to achieve the desired mood for her work, she combines her impressionistic flair for painting, with a sculptor-like technique. By applying paint thickly using palette knives, the resulting style achieves a richness of depth that explodes with color, flows with light, and evokes an emotional response. By utilizing vivid hues and contrasting the play of light and shadow to create drama, her broad energetic strokes add to a sense of vitality and motion, bringing her landscapes to life so that the natural settings almost dance. It’s from this search for inspiration that Niki translates onto canvas her emotion for the viewer to share. Niki Gulley’s artwork not only has a loyal local following, but is also recognized throughout the country. She has exhibited at the Dallas Museum of Art, Ambassador Galleries in New York City, Touchstone Fine Art in New Orleans, J. Cotter Gallery in Vail, Palm Beach Collectors in Florida and William Merrill Gallery in Laguna Beach. Besides exhibiting in competitive national, international and museum exhibitions, her award-winning paintings have also been collected by several corporations including Presbyterian Hospital in New York City, Baylor Medical Center in Dallas, Prime Lending Headquarters in Dallas and Northstar Bank of Texas. Additionally, Gulley is a member of the prestigious Pastel Society of America and Oil Painters of America Society. Currently you can view her work at The Good Art Company Gallery in Fredericksburg, TX, Brandon Jacobs Gallery in Kansas City, MO, Seaside Gallery in Pismo Beach, CA or in her studio in Dallas, TX.
Niki's ArtPrize Entries
These are Niki's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.
Niki's Past Work
These are images of past work that Niki has done.