Nicole M. Santiago – Press Release

Recent Works

May 25-June 19, 2021

painintg with a birtday cake and people

Shifting Celebrations, 64 x 47 inches, oil on linen, 2018, 2020

First Street Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new paintings by Nicole McCormick Santiago. Originally scheduled for May 19 through June 13, 2020, the exhibition’s new date is May 25-June 19, 2021. This is Santiago’s third solo show at First Street.

In her works, Santiago portrays semi-autobiographical scenes of everyday life, rejecting the grandiose in lieu of the mundane, surely a contemporary nod to 17th-century Dutch genre painting. The non-heroic characters in her works are embedded in the throes of domestic mundanity, even when those characters are marginalized or seemingly absent. But these prosaic personal depictions do not exist solely on the surface. Instead, the artist invites the viewer to explore deeper narrative layers, divulging a moodier undercurrent of universal grief, humor, and selfless devotion.

For more information about any of the works in the show, please contact the gallery.  While the gallery is closed, we are available by phone and email.