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Meet Nina Chanel Abney, 2016 Featured Print Artist

Meet Nina Chanel Abney, 2016 Featured Print Artist

Meet 2016 SOAPBOX Featured Artist Nina Chanel Abney. Be sure to check out Untitled, Nina’s 2016 special edition print, available to order now.


Photo of Nina by George Evan Andreadis


What is your bio, in six words or less?

Intuitive. Determined. Inquisitive. Complex. Perceptive. Bold.


Could you tell us a little bit about the print you’ve chosen for The LP edition?

The print I created for The LP actually represents my first time working in the medium. It’s a way of creating work that I’ve always been interested in but haven’t really had a chance to explore deeper. I’ve been looking at Matisse’s cutouts a lot, and thinking about my technical and formal painting process. Concurrently I’ve been committed to including my voice in the Black Lives Matter conversation. I’m sensitive to what my role as an artist is, should be, and can be within the conversation. My art becomes my agency, a way to bring awareness to something so personal, and have complicated but necessary conversations around that. Particularly in settings where those conversations are not always taking place.


Do you have any upcoming shows or exhibitions scheduled?

I have a 10-year survey of my work coming up at the Nasher Museum in February, 2017.


Please tell us about an artist, curator, activist, or project that has influenced you.

Robert Colescott and Stuart Davis.



Nina Chanel Abney (b. 1982) is known for fusing the seriousness of portraiture with complexities of narrative painting. Abney places figures based on real people into imaginative worlds to create large genre paintings that deal with controversial issues regarding race and gender. She is interested in revealing racism that is hidden in the everyday, and blurs the lines of race and sexuality that are in everyone. Nina is represented by Kravets Wehby Gallery in New York and has been included in The Incomplete Paris exhibition curated by Hubert Neumann, the Rubell Family Collection’s 30 American’s, The Glamour Project at Lehmann Maupin Gallery, and the next generation of exciting artists by Paper Magazine. In February 2017, the Nasher Museum of Art will mount Abney’s first solo museum exhibition. The exhibition, Royal Flush, will feature a 10-year survey of the artist’s provocative paintings, watercolors and collages.

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