Nettie Wakefield (b.1987) is a British artist based in London. She spent summers at the Charles Cecil studios in Florence before completing a foundation year at Chelsea College of Art, a BA in Art History at Leeds University and her Master's degree in Drawing at Wimbledon College of Art, graduating September 2013.
Wakefield has been exhibiting in London since early 2013. She was selected as 1 of 75 out of 3,000 shortlisted for The prestigious Jerwood Drawing Prize 2013 which was shown at Jerwood Visual Arts Space 2013, before touring to venues across the UK in 2014.
Wakefield had her debut solo show at the Rook and Raven Gallery in Fitzrovia, February 2014, where she exhibited her Reverse Portrait series which she then gained recognition for. In June 2014 she donated work to a charity auction organised by Christie's alongside Tracey Emin, The Chapman brothers, and Jonathan Yeo to raise money for The Old Vic. The auction was supported by a pop-up exhibition in London's Soho.
Wakefield also showcased her work at Banksy's bemusement park, 'Dismaland', in 2015. Alongside artists such as Banksy himself, Damien Hirst and 55 other artists by doing a live demonstration of her Reverse Portrait series.
She has recently been shortlisted for The John Ruskin Prize 2015 with supporting exhibitions in February and again in May 2016. During Frieze week 2017, Wakefield had a one-woman, one night only show of hand-drawn found objects at the Groucho club in London's Soho. The exhibition was about seeing the beauty in ordinary objects, toying with image and wordplay.
Wakefield has been in a number of group shows and fairs such as The Art Carboot, Art Below and British Art Weekend in November 2017, a tightly concentrated selection of art made by British artists, or artists working in Britain from the 1960s to the present day. The selection consists of around fifty museum-quality works on paper and editions, paintings, photography and sculpture by some of the most iconic and respected names in modern and contemporary art, alongside artists such as Sir Peter Blake. In between working on private commissions, Wakefield showed with the Context art fair With LA-based Corey Helford gallery in both New York and Miami 2017.
Wakefield later teamed up with KODAK and Jigsaw under the hashtag #KodakWoman to promote women working within the creative industries
Wakefield has been exhibiting between London and Los Angeles and Had her third solo show, 'Brandy' at the Jason Vass Gallery in Downtown LA.
In 2019, 46 artists are putting their work on the line charity as part of a bold exhibition entitled FaceValue3 (DIRTY WORK). Half of the artists have donated artwork, while the other half will be manipulating these pieces. The creations will be on show from 18th April and then auctioned off by the gallery. All proceeds will go to the Katie Piper Foundation, which aims to make it easier for people living with burns and scars. Wakefield donated a piece to this exhibition and her piece was worked on by Dave Bounaguidi. Some other artists include Charming baker, Rankin, Hayden Kays, Ronnie Wood, The Connor Brothers, and Gary Hume. Wakefield and Bounaguidi then went on to do their own collaboration which is available at Jealous Gallery.
Wakefield has been commissioned to illustrate Mark Hix's new anecdotal cookbook, 'Hooked'. The book launch will coincide with an exhibition of all the drawings at HixArt, Shoreditch, in June 2019.
In August of 2019, Wakefield and fellow artist and friend, Nichole Fitch double up for their duo show ‘Painted Blind’ based around dreams and mythology at the Soho Revue Gallery on Brewer street, which continues until 25th September. Wakefield returned to the Soho Revue Gallery in December for ‘Corner shop’ alongside the likes of Hayden Kays and David Shillinglaw.
In 2020, Wakefield has joined the Art on a Postcard Auction in its first all-female auction of original postcard-sized art to observe International Women’s Day. All proceeds towards its campaign to eliminate Hepatitis C by the year 2025. Closely followed will be another group show with many well-known names. The Big Issue is set to join forces with street artist Ben Eine and Jealous Gallery for a group exhibition in March 2020.