Nicola Wood’s extraordinary talent for drawing was spotted by teachers at the age of 10 whist at school in Crosby north of Liverpool. She attended Southport School of Art and Manchester College of Art where she graduated with First Class Honours in Textile Design. She arrived at The Royal College of Art in 1957. She studied at the same time as Zandra Rhodes, Derick Boshier, Pauline Boty destined to be icons of the Pop Art movement, Patrick Caulfield, David Hockney, and Jane Percival were also classmates and friends. Her extraordinary talent was rewarded with a Fulbright Scholarship to Parsons School of Art in New York. Here she designed book covers and full page advertisements for the New York Times. On return to London in 1964 she produced designs for Heal’s, Liberty’s and Biba as well as commissions from the German Firm Rasch Textil. She emigrated to the USA in 1984 becoming a celebrated artist in her own right with work in museums and collections across the USA.

Nicola Wood