Nicole Duennebier was born in Hartford, Connecticut in 1983. She
received her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Maine College of Art with a
major in painting. Her BFA thesis work was most influenced by research
into the coastal ecosystems of Maine. In 2006 she was awarded the
Monhegan Island Artists Residency. On the island she continued her
work with sea life, and perceived a natural connection between the
darkness and intricacy of undersea regions and the aesthetic of
16th-century Dutch still-life painting.

In 2008 Duennebier moved to the Boston area, and now lives and works
in Malden. She is a 2016 Massachusetts Cultural Council Painting
Fellow and her work can be found in the permanent collection of the
New Britain Museum of American Art. Writing about Bright Beast, her
2013 solo show at the Lilypad in Cambridge, Cate McQuaid of the Boston
Globe said Duennebier’s “technical mastery gives the artist what she
needs to seduce the viewer; the content lowers the boom.”  Duennebier
has also been featured in the Portland Press Herald, Art New England
and Hi-Fructose Magazine, among other publications. Duennebier has
worked alongside her sister Caitlin Duennebier for a number of
collaborative exhibitions, most recently “Love Superior, a Death Supreme” at Simmons University. Earlier this year, she was featured in a solo
exhibition, Pushing Painting, at the David Winton Bell Gallery at
Brown University.

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Natural phenomenon—dermoid cysts, fungus, invasive flora/fauna—and my love of candied, old-master opulence have a constant presence in my work. Through painting with attention to detail, I’ve become accustomed to the fact that nature itself, or anything living really, never totally allows you to have a perfectly idealized experience. Everything is always spewing, dripping, rotting a little. Similar to 17th century still-life paintings with those vibrant lusty fruits that show the light fuzz of beginning decay, I don’t see these works as allegorical depictions. To me it is more the realization that both the rot and the fruit are a textural attraction in their delicacy; both take the same concentration and care to paint.

The classic chiaroscuro darkness in still-life is a primordial soup, a pool of black that springs forth a decadent, and sometimes horrible, growth. I’ve always been attracted to the obsolete idea of spontaneous generation, all that awful stuff popping into existence for no reason. The paintings reflect this; they are more spontaneous generations than firmly rooted in actual living organisms.



2001-2005          Bachelor of Fine Arts, Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine.

2000-2001          Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, Hartford, Connecticut.

Solo Exhibitions:

2018       Pushing Painting, David Winton Bell Gallery, Brown University, Providence RI

2018       View into the Fertile Country, 13Forest Gallery, Arlington MA

2014       The Great Season, 13Forest Gallery, Arlington MA

2013       Bright Beast, Lilypad Gallery, Cambridge, MA

2010      Painting Post Academy, Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, Hartford, Connecticut

2009       The Amalgamate, New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, Connecticut

2008      Germinal Series, Aucocisco Gallery, Portland, Maine

2008       New Paintings, University of Maine Museum of Art, Bangor, Maine

2007      Bitters: Out of the strong came forth sweetness, Aucocisco Gallery, Portland, Maine


Two Person Collaborative Exhibitions:

2019       Love Superior, A Death Supreme, Trustman Gallery, Simmons College Boston MA

2017       Temple of Flies, Carol Schlosberg Gallery, Montserrat College, Beverly MA

2016       Fragment of Sister Head, Lens Gallery, Boston MA

2015       Battle for the Sweetlands, SPACE Gallery, Portland ME


2019       Pace House Residency, Stonington ME

2016       Painting Fellow, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Boston, MA

2016       Hewnoaks Residency, Lovell ME

2015       Somerville Artist of the Month, Somerville, MA

2014       Somerville Artist’s Fellowship, Somerville, MA

2014       Juror’s Choice Award, Biennial Project, Marfa TX

2014       Baie Sainte-Marie Artist Residency, Nova Scotia, Canada

2010      Full Fellowship Award, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont

2006      Carina House Monhegan Artists Residency, Monhegan Island, Maine

2005      Best in Show, MECA 31st Annual Art Auction, Institute ofContemporary Art, Portland, Maine.

2004      Artist to Artist Award, Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine.

2003      Payson Merit Award, Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine.

2003       Harley L. Flaws Memorial Endowment, Maine College of Art, Portland, Maine.

Selected Group Exhibitions:

2019       Enormous Tiny Art Show, Nahcotta Gallery, Portsmouth NH

2019       Dark VS Light, juried by Ruth Erickson, Gallery 263, Cambridge MA

2019       Call of the Wild, 13Forest Gallery, Arlington MA

2018       More then a Riot, Good Gallery, Arnold Worldwide, Boston MA

2018       13WOMAN, 13Forest Gallery, Arlington MA

2018       Suggestivism, Spoke Art Gallery, New York NY

2017       HABITAT/ION: MassArt Juries Alumni Exhibition, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Bakalar Gallery, Boston MA

2017       Room with a Thousand Doors, WOWxWOW gallery, Scotland

2017       Maine-stream, St. Botolph Club, Boston MA

2016       Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship Exhibition, New Arts Center, Newton, MA

2016       Tenfold, 13FOREST Gallery, Arlington MA

2016       Suggestivism: Resonance, Spoke Gallery, San Francisco CA

2016       Parts Unknown, Aviary Gallery. Jamaica Plain MA

2016       Collaborative Exhibition, Motherbrook Arts Center, Dedham MA

2016       Vestiges, Gauntlet Gallery, San Francisco CA

2016       Ordinary Matter, Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Boston MA

2015       34, Isles Arts Initiative, Boston Sculptors Gallery, Boston, MA

2015       Blue is the Warmest Color, Distillery Gallery, Boston MA

2014       Painting Intricacies, Nave Gallery Annex, Somerville, MA

2014       Biennial Roadshow Marfa 2014, Biennial Project, Marfa, Texas

2014       Hatch, Inside-Out Gallery, Somerville, MA

2014       Secrets of the Sea, Atrium Art Gallery, Lewiston, ME

2013       Hundreds, Lincoln Art Project, Waltham MA

2013       The Foundry Equation, Foundry Works Building, Cambridge, MA

2012      Central Street Panels Project, Vernon St. Studios, Somerville, MA

2010       MARC at 20, Monhegan Artists Residency, Monhegan Island, Maine

2009      Spineless Wonders, Atrium Art Gallery, Lewiston, Maine

2009       Across the Border, Peter Buckland Gallery, New Brunswick, Maine

2009       Flower Power II, Clark Gallery, Lincoln, MA

2009       Summer Salon Group Show, Aucocisco Gallery, Portland Maine

2008      CMCA's 2008 Juried Biennial, Center for Maine Contemorary Art, Rockport, Maine

2006      CMCA’s 2006 Juried Biennial Exhibition, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, Maine

2005      Index Show, Institute of Contemporary Art, Portland, Maine