Town artist featured in Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition

Hemel Hempstead artist Nicky Carvell
Hemel Hempstead artist Nicky Carvell

An artist from Hemel Hempstead is celebrating having her work showcased at the Royal Academy.

Nicky Carvell will have her creations displayed as part of the institution’s Summer Exhibition.

All of the selected works are chosen by leading artists, and Nicky also filmed scenes for a BBC programme about the exhibition, which opened on Monday and runs until August 17. The artist, who was born in 1983, Nicky attended South Hill and Hemel Hempstead Schools, was even featured in the Radio Times.

Nicky, who now lives in London, says her work is inspired by Hemel Hempstead’s Leisure World and concrete civic sculptures. She said: “My work is about escapism in both its most aspirational and desperate forms. Growing up in Hemel Hempstead, the New Town Eldorado for bombed-out Londoners, I have always been entranced by the façades which clad the squat ‘brutalist’ and faux Art Deco buildings of the Marlowes shopping arcade.”