Nina Chanel Abney
Nina Chanel Abney's work is important. Gulp down that coffee, sit your butt still, and take it all in.
Her intricate and powerful paintings hold stories of who we are and how we live. Into her bold and playful colors and shapes, Abney paints portraits of race, gender, sexuality, the media, and injustice.
The paintings are built like the best of pop songs. At first they just make you feel good—they appear simple and straightforward. But upon closer reflection, there is an entire world of nuance to explore. Where there is extreme technical beauty, there is also a world of pain.
If we had to choose one visual artist to make work for a time capsule that holds the tone of our era, it would be Abney.
We wish we could blow up your smartphones and laptops to the size of a movie screen. The work deserves it. So pretend we did. In real life, Abney's work is big, big, big.
We're fans for life. Join the club.
Follow her forever and ever. We sure will.
For more on Nina, read these:
- How Nina Chanel Abney Is Championing the Black Lives Matter Movement with a Paintbrush
- Backstory: Nina Chanel Abney Revisits Her First Major Painting, ‘Class of 2007’
- 4 Questions With Artist Nina Chanel Abney
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