B. Nicole Klassen Biography
Nicole is a traditional still life and figure painter. She received her schooling in art at San Jose State University where she was able to develop her skills with the guidance of two exceptional painters, Maynard Dixon Stewart and Robert K. Semans.
Nicole’s first one-person show was in 1994 at the Alma Gilbert Gallery in Burlingame, California. She has exhibited in other well-known California galleries such as the New Masters Gallery and Gallery Elite, both in Carmel, and the previous location of the Bingham Gallery in San Jose. More recently, she has shown her work at Clayton-Williams Fine Arts in Utah. Her work has been in two group shows at the Cahoon Museum of Art on Cape Cod, and two at the Triton Museum of Art in California where she received their Bronze Award for one of the shows.
Some of the notable acquisitions of Nicole’s work are a still life purchased by Alma Gilbert, which hangs in the house of the late Maxfield Parrish, and a Madonna figure purchased and displayed by The Cathedral Church of the Advent in Birmingham, Alabama. Nicole has collectors in the United States, Europe, and Japan, where she also shows.
The Art Renewal Center gave Nicole honors for a still life and a figure piece. Both of these paintings were published in their 2005 catalog. In addition, Nicole was a finalist in International Artist Magazine’s still life competition, and painting appeared in the October/November 2005 issue. Further, the editor asked her to write an article and demonstration, which was published in the June/July 2007 issue. She had another still life published in the October/November 2008 issue of International Artist. Nicole also had the honor of being named as one of the nation’s “Leading Ladies of Painting” in the January 2006 issue of American Art Collector.
Nicole has always been enthralled by the art of the old masters. On two trips to Europe, she spent her time studying the paintings in the great museums. She is constantly striving to perfect her art through studying the masters of our time and of times past.