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Niki McQueen is an artist and visual storyteller from South Africa. Her artworks express powerful and emotive personal symbolism and worlds of magical realism. She delves into realms beyond reason and the familiarity of everyday existence, drawing inspiration from her love of Surrealism, Jungian theory, vintage illustration, anatomy, and biology. Niki’s work is broadly divided into two portfolios: Niki McQueen Art, which comprises her surrealistic, symbolic art and Life Beyond Reason, her whimsical, lighthearted and more decorative pieces. Her artworks are available for sale as original works or premium archival, limited-edition fine art prints.

LATEST WORK

LATEST NEWS

An interview with the Deckle Edge

In this blog interview, Niki lays bare the intricate threads of her artistic evolution, offering insights into her inspirations, techniques, and the driving forces behind her creations.

Latest collaboration with Amanda Palmer

Niki’s latest collaboration with Amanda Palmer, described on Amanda’s Patreon page was creating the cover art for an achingly beautiful rendition of The Last Day of Our Acquaintance, honouring Sinead O’ Connor, the proceeds of which will be donated to victims of domestic abuse.

The Dark Muse collection on show in Cape Town!

The Dark Muse collection is now available to view in Cape Town at the Fine Art Africa Gallery in Hout Bay, curated by Michelle Lewis.

BEHIND THE SCENES

Niki was diagnosed with Long Covid and Fibromyalgia in 2022, and is still navigating the physical and financial obstacles presented by these conditions. She has started a Patreon Page for supporters and collectors who wish to assist her financially to create art, in the face of these challenging circumstances. Niki announces print drops, releases new work and shares insights, behind the scenes snippets and work in progress images and videos on this platform. Her page is free to join, and premium content starts at $1 per month.

ORIGINAL PIECES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE

THESE EXCLUSIVE ARTWORKS ARE IN STOCK.

These works are available in stock and can be purchased and shipped directly. As Niki makes limited-edition original variants of most of her work, you can also order artworks that are not listed here.

NIKI's work is divided into two main portfolios...

NIKI MCQUEEN ART

Dystopian worlds and fever dreams. A place for uncomfortable and discordant feelings, dark humour and fragile things. For loved and gone and lost and found.

LIFE BEYOND REASON ART

Where magic is real and the imagination is unfettered and wild. Where fish fly and elephants play soccer. A world where children (and adults) are free to play without fear, minds unleashed

NIKI MCQUEEN ART

“These collections summon the places where stories are born, where unfelt emotions dwell and unthought thoughts await. These are places beyond the mundane: inner and outer consciousness. They are explored through the production of impossible encounters and beautiful beings, charged with symbolism and borne of grief, joy, love, damage, disease and lessons. They exist to evoke reflection and curiosity, discomfort and relief.”

LIFE BEYOND REASON ART

Life Beyond Reason seeks to remind us about the healing and restorative power of the magic that lives inside the minds of children. With untarnished eyes they dream dreams that are for us, long gone.

THE DRESDEN DOLLS & AMANDA PALMER

Tour and music art created in collaboration with The Dresden Dolls and Amanda Palmer

Dresden Dolls

OTHER WORK

Well Met by Moonlight
Claire in Butterflies
These are portraits created using mixed media, ink and watercolours. Niki seeks always to capture the essence of her subjects and prefers to connect with, and photograph them herself, before creating the portrait.
Icarus

TESTIMONIALS

Every morning I come into my lounge, sit down in the corner of my couch, nurse my cup of coffee and look up at MY Life Beyond Reason creation, that sits up on my wall.

What started out as an uncontrollable urge to share with the artist a vision that popped into my head, no that isn’t right, a feeling that blossomed in my heart turned into the gorgeous artwork that I now get to call my own.

~Hila Jonker

I am super privileged to be the very first person to purchase one of Niki’s artworks. I have bought two pieces – Evolution and the Awakening – both speak to my passion for coaching and inspired my business logo and focus.

Niki also created a unique piece especially for my 10-year-old daughter that depicts her 100%.

Thank you Niki for your contribution to art.

~Chantelle Wilson

I absolutely LOVE the three pieces that I purchased. I see them as an investment, because Niki’s work is truly remarkable. They were shipped up to Johannesburg with no issues.

~Claire Hanley

The detail in the [image] is also exceptionally rendered. This is a really beautiful piece, reflecting some real talent.

~Judge’s comment, Copic Award 2021 (African Region Winner)

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