Ink-drawing and mixed media with underprint
Niki’s work is created using ink drawing over a handmade underprint, then coloured using several techniques using a variety of mixed media (inks, watercolour, fineliner, alcohol pens, charcoal, coloured pencils and metallic leaf) on Fabriano 300gsm or 640gsm hot pressed watercolour paper.
Images are drawn and digitised or found in public domain collections, then composed into digital composites comprsising up to 50 image fragments, and then an underprint is created by hand on archival paper. This is then drawn and detailed and worked into with a variety of media. There are 4 standard sizes, (size information available on request), but smaller or larger sizes are available for commissioned work.
Niki produces between 1 and 15 limited-edition variants, which are numbered, hand-crafted originals of each available artwork. Each variant will look marginally different from due to the nature of the technique and materials used. (Wingmill II, editions 1 and 2, right, illustrate this).
Some of the early work shown on this site are artist proofs (APs), made on thinner paper than the final works. Once a client has selected a work, Niki keeps them included in the process of the creation of their final edition.
Portraits and linework pieces
Niki creates linework pieces and most of the work on this site can be commissioned as purely hand-drawn work.
These works are produced in inks, pen and pencil, using leaf and embossing techniques depending on the clients’ preferences. These works are produced on Arches or Fabriano 300g gsm watercolour paper.
She creates hand-drawn portraits and either works from high-quality photographs provided by the client or will arrange photoshoots to obtain images at no additional cost to the client. Clients are welcome to choose surreal, fairytale and fantasy themes for their portraits should they wish.
Giclée Prints (unsigned)
Prints of Life Beyond Reason works and selected Niki McQueen works are available for online purchase for between $35 and $200 on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/lifebeyondreason Work is made available on request at the discretion of the artist. If you would like to purchase a print of a specific work, contact us or fill in this form and we will notify you as soon as the print is available for purchase.
Giclée Prints (limited-edition, signed)
10 limited-edition, signed Giclée prints are available for most of Niki’s work.
Signed prints of Niki’s work are accompanied by a handwritten note from the artist. They are printed on Hahnemuhle German Etching paper, which is a hot press (HP) finely textured, natural white fine art, museum-quality paper.
They can be ordered from Niki directly. If you would like to purchase a print of a specific work, contact us and we will be in touch to make arrangements.