by Ben Knight Evans .

Hailing Nailphilia

Sue Marsh's cobra styled manicure

Nails by Sophie Harris-Greenslade in front of 'Scuse Me While I Kiss the Sky' by Kostas Georiou.

With the humble cuticle as canvas, Wednesday evening saw the opening of Nailphilia, a new exhibition at's Vyner Street HQ celebrating the extraordinary lengths that nail artists have gone to in the name of art and fashion. As we launch Nailed, Nick Knight and Marian Newman's exploration of Spring/Summer 2011's key looks through the haze of government-endorsed health warnings and their nemeses, the exhibition features a screening of the film alongside a number of pieces inspired by the art of the manicure.

A particular treat is a display of nail technician par excellence Sue Marsh's most exquisite and jaw-dropping creations, from a finger-mounted snake-pit to forged metallic wonders created for Alexander McQueen. Although she defected to lashes from the world of nails a number of years ago, Marsh remains one of the profession's most admired practitioners having led her 'Untouchables' crack nail-team through the nineties serving the most prestigious catwalks as well as performers from PJ Harvey to the Spice Girls.

Nailphilia is on at DegreeArt's Execution Room until September 25.