Mirfield artist Gemma Nelson is a hit on the London scene

BRUSH STROKES: Mirfield-born artist Gemma Nelson has been making a name for herself as an artist in London, picking up a few famous fans along the way.
BRUSH STROKES: Mirfield-born artist Gemma Nelson has been making a name for herself as an artist in London, picking up a few famous fans along the way.

AN artist has racked up a string of successes in London.

Gemma Nelson, 27, grew up in Battyeford and Hopton, but has been making a living from her art since she graduated from the Slade School Of Fine Art at University College London in 2007.

This week she is being inducted into the Feminist Art Database at the Elizabeth A Sackler Centre for Feminist Art at New York’s Brooklyn Museum.

The former Castle Hall School pupil now lives and works in London.

She has had exhibitions at the prestigious Saatchi Gallery and has even earned a few famous fans – though she said she can’t name names!

“I’ve got quite a few celebrity followers,” she said. “For a lot of them you have to keep it quite quiet.”

Her work is currently featured in an exhibition, Microcosm, at The Ellington Building in Leeds, and next month she will be auctioning a piece at the Saatchi Gallery in London to raise money for autism charity Spectrum.