Review: Colour Rhymes and lyrical parallels at Domino Gallery

Nicole Bartos at Domino Gallery
Nicole Bartos at Domino Gallery

Nicole Bartos, Colour Rhymes and lyrical parallels
Domino Gallery29 April – 16 July 2016, 12:00-17:00

Words and images, Patrick Kirk-Smith

Domino Gallery’s not your normal art space, tucked behind what many of us will remember as Quiggins. It’s a completely open book, which makes it the perfect place to display work that needs time to appreciate. It’s a simple enough thing to walk past the end of its road and think nothing of it. Take a right after Grand Central though and the bespoke gates guarding the front of this peaceful little independent café-gallery are unmissable.

It’s hardly your standard independent cafe, with a focus on welcoming over everything else. It’s not exactly a living room, but imagine if you turned your conservatory into a gallery. It’d be something like that; homemade; personal.

The work that graces its wall is just that. Personal to the tastes of the space’s owner and founder, Felicity Wren, who shows work that meets her discerning standards. So it might not always be to everyone’s taste, but whatever’s on the walls will always be capable of creating discussion. Domino Gallery provides a haven of intrigue for everyone who visits to stop and have a proper cup of tea and a proper bite to eat.

Most recently, it is Nicole Bartos who has met Felicity’s standard. Her work, which will be on display at Domino until 18th July, provides an insight into her own quiet contemplations on her surroundings. In doing so it invites you in to those contemplations. A fitting exhibition for such an inviting space.


The artist is obviously not afraid to try new things, with a busy display of oil paintings, drawings, ceramics and wall sculptures. In any other space that list of techniques would be a burden, as it’s far from displaying a clear and concise body of work. On the walls of Domino it gets away with it though. The walls in the café aren’t exactly beaming white, which gives artists a chance to develop a portfolio show like this as if they were creating a sketchbook.

The result is a tremendously fun and inquisitive body of work that has me heading to Lark Lane Police Station next weekend to find out more about this playful and experimental artist.

Bartos has work at Lark Lane Police Station and a previous collection on display at Blackburne House, which makes it fairly easy to see her work over the coming months. Unfortunately, if you want to see the work on display at Domino you’ll need to get a move on as its run ends on the 18th of July.