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NADINE ROBBINS

To view all available work by Artist Nadine Robbins visit artsy. American painter Nadine Robbins’ contemporary style is distinguished by a masterly command of academic painting techniques paired with an irreverence for rules, gender and beauty. Much of the painter’s practice focuses on themes of defiance, and a singular form of eroticism that is presented from a new and unexpected perspective. In particular, Robbins has earned great admiration for her iconoclastic nudes, as well as an ongoing series of portraits that oscillate between the mysterious and the candid. There is also a remarkable group of oyster still life paintings that in their lush precision seem to achingly intersect genres of eroticism and the still life. Overall, Robbin’s use of luscious jewel toned paint and high-fidelity realism ties the artist to the late twentieth century and contemporary traditions of hyper-realism, photo-realism, and super-realism. Like Chuck Close, the artist uses a similar photographic and painterly process to produce dynamic contemporary portraits. Robbins’ montage-like use of atelier technique and way of working adds to the oeuvre, a studied complexity that is enticing and refined. It can be said that Robbin’s work is decidedly at the intersection of identity politics presenting the feminine form in new and unexpected ways, allowing a dynamic to evolve between the viewer and the viewed, and as well upsetting the traditional roles of the male gaze and the feminine subject. This inversion of accepted norms and structures of power is related to a trend in contemporary art, seen in current practitioners such Kehinde Wiley wherein the artist’s painting of ordinary people is set within symbolic structures and emblematic themes. Robbins for her part uses the genre of portraiture and nudity to express a similar sense of irreverence for societally assigned roles, and as well uses her work to evoke a feminine perspective or sense of sexuality, eroticism and self. More recently, the artist has been experimenting with the use of abstraction within realist picture planes, expanding on her idea of expression and form. As well as a solo exhibition at Brill Gallery, Massachusetts, 2009 Robbins has shown widely in group shows such as Perspectives of the American Experience, American Women Artists, Rockwell Museum, Corning, New York, 2018; Figurative Masters, Arcadia Contemporary, Culver City, California; The Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art, Wisconsin; Women Painting Women, RJD Gallery, South Hampton, New York; The 12th Annual Group Show, International Guild of Realism, Winfield Gallery, Carmel, California; Dissent; Sparrow Gallery; Attention to Detail, Robert Lange Studios, Charleston, South Carolina and Formation, A Painting Survey in conjunction with Poets & Artists, Bernarducci.Meisel, New York, New York. Robbins is the recipient of a grant from the Puffin Foundation, 2017 and in 2015, Robbins was selected for the special feature Poets and Artists, 50 Memorable Painters and was listed as one of top figurative painters working now by Buzzfeed, 2017. The artist’s work may be found in several important private collections, most notably the Howard A. & Judith Tullman Collection, Chicago and The Count-Ibex Collection, Germany. ©2018 Rosa JH Berland Art Historian

I’m an honest and authentic person. So my instincts pull me towards seeing and painting real people and moments while having some fun too. And oysters, well they are just naturally beautiful.

Education

  • BFA, Graphic Design, State University of New York, College at New Paltz. Cum Laude
  • Middlesex Polytechnic, London, United Kingdom
  • Collège de Sollies Pont, Sollies Pont, France

Honors, Awards, Collections

  • The Tullman Art Collection, Double Gulp, 24” x 24”, Oil on Linen, 2014
  • Creative Nude Art Erotic Signature’s Art Competition Finalists, Moxie, 24” x 36”, Oil on Linen, Eggsistencial, 50” x 40”, Oil on Linen, 2014
  • The Artist’s Magazine 31st Annual Art Competition Finalist, Mrs. McDonald, 18” x 24”, Oil on Linen board, 2014
  • 2013 Ten Memorable Paintings, The Huffington Post Arts Blog, Mrs. McDonald, 18” x 24”, Oil on Linen board, 2013
  • The Tullman Art Collection, Moxie, 24” x 36”, Oil on Linen, 2012
  • Acopal Exhibition of Contemporary American Realism Finalist, Molly and Zoe, 48” x 72”, Oil on Linen, 2011

Selected Exhibitions

  • Fresh Start Collective, Hamptons Juried Art Show to benefit The Retreat, RJD Gallery, NY, 2018
  • Perspectives of the American Experience, 2018 Annual National Juried Exhibition, American Women Artists, Rockwell Museum, Corning, NY, 2018
  • Big Art Small Canvas, RJD Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY, 2017
  • First Annual Juried Exhibition, Curated by Alyssa Monks, Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art (WMOCA) WI, 2017
  • Poets and Artists, Arcadia Contemporary, Culver City, CA, 2017
  • Women Painting Women, RJD Gallery, South Hampton, NY, 2017
  • 12th Annual group show, International Guild of Realism, Winfied Gallery, Carmel, CA, 2017
  • Dissent, Sparrow Gallery, Sacramento, CA, 2017
  • Attention to Detail, Robert Lange Studios, Charleston, SC, 2017
  • Formation, A Painting Survey in conjunction with Poets & Artists, Bernarducci.Meisel, New York, NY, 2017
  • Chévere, Sirona Fine Arts, Hallandale Beach, FL, 2016
  • Art, Oysters, and The Billion Oyster Project, Starr Library, Rhinebeck, NY, 2016
  • Women Painting Women, RJD Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY, 2016
  • TWELVE, Robert Lange Studios, Charleston, SC, 2016
  • Reinventing Ourselves from a Different Point of View, Zhou B Art Center, Chicago, IL, 2016
  • Nudes Beyond the Prado, Brill Gallery, North Adams, MA, 2016
  • 40 years, 40 artists, The Mark Gruber Gallery, New Paltz, NY, 2016
  • 2016 Mod Portrait, Sala Bantierra de Zaragoza, Zaragoza and Museo Meam de Barcelona, Spain, 2016
  • Freak Out!, Zhou B Art Center, Chicago, IL, 2016
  • Trio Exhibition, Oil Water Bronze, Sirona Fine Arts, Hallandale Beach, FL, 2015
  • "NUDES”, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH, 2015
  • “Immortality and Vulnerability”, Zhou B Art Center, Chicago, IL, 2015
  • “The Artists Gaze: Seeing women in the 21st Century”, Sirona Fine Art, Hallandale Beach, FL, 2015
  • “Farm, Winery, Bistro III”, Chamard Vineyards, Six Summit Gallery, Ivoryton, CT, 2014
  • “Art Undressed”, International Nude Art Exhibition, Miami, FL, 2014
  • “Fixation”, Zhou B Art Center, Chicago, IL, 2014
  • “In The Flesh 4”, Target Gallery, Alexandria, VA, 2013
  • “Current Hues of the Hudson”, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, Bethel, NY, 2013
  • “Blue”, Saugerties Performing Arts Factory, Saugerties, NY, 2012
  • “Disrobed”, The Mark Gruber Gallery, New Paltz, NY, 2012
  • “Nadine’s Couples”, Brill Gallery, North Adams, MA, 2011
  • “In The Flesh 3”, Target Gallery, Alexandria, VA, 2011
  • “The Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Juried Exhibition”, London, UK, 2011
  • “Eight Portrait Peaces”, Brill Gallery, North Adams, MA, 2011
  • “The Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Juried Exhibition”, London, UK, 2010
  • “2nd Annual Woodstock Regional Show at WAAM”, Woodstock, NY, 2010