EXHIBITION – Ingrid Nilsson ‘Work from 2013’ at Bon Papillon, Edinburgh

Ingrid Nilsson’s ‘Work from 2013’ exhibits at Bon Papillon

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It is now two and a half years since Bon Papillon opened its doors on Howe Street, in Edinburgh’s historic art quarter, where it has established itself as a New Town institution and trailblazer of the multi-tasking business. When not serving tables or knocking out espressos, proprietor Ingrid Nilsson retreats to her studio gallery to the rear of the cafe, swaps hats and concentrates on creating her signature illustrative, figurative work.

This November sees Ingrid’s second full Christmas show at Bon Papillon, in which the development of her paintings is obvious to those who have been following her artistic journey over the lifetime of the gallery. Painterly backgrounds vie for attention with the figures, with gestural strokes and dripped paint suggesting an organic, living environment.

Marie Antoinette in her bath, a jaded Harlequin and Elizabethan ladies with their pets rub shoulders among the patterns and colour with which Ingrid covers every inch of her canvases; a narrative always lurking behind the images, asking the viewer to question what they see.

Complementing the larger works are a crowd of smaller drawings and paintings, some construction sketches for the paintings, which would make ideal stocking fillers.

Bon Papillon is also a magnificent cafe serving up Edinburgh’s best bacon rolls and legendary scones.

A picture framing service is also offered at very competitive prices.


Ingrid Nilsson ‘Work from 2013’ opens at Bon Papillon at 5.30pm on Friday November 22nd 2013.

Besides Ingrid’s new work, the show also features paintings by Senja Bownes, (who has recently joined Bon Papillon as resident artist ‘No 2’), Alan Lennon, and textile work from the Green Park Weavers.

Bon Papillon, 15 Howe Street, Edinburgh, EH3 6TE  is open Wednesday – Sunday, 9am – 5pm.

The exhibition will close on 22nd December 2013.

More information is available on Ingrid’s website or via email bonpapillon@virginmedia.com and telephone 0131 538 2505.

Dimitry Tin

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