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Fine Art Focus: Nina Chanel Abney

by Grace Bonney

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Artwork can serve so many different purposes for both the artist and the viewer. In the past, I found myself gravitating toward works of art that focused primarily on aesthetics or decoration, but these days I’ve been craving more storytelling, politics and a strong point of view. Enter: the incredible artwork of Nina Chanel Abney.

Nina’s work uses bold, bright color and collage-style imagery to convey and examine important thoughts and issues about race, culture and gender. Her current work is on display in New Jersey as part of the The Gateway Project in Newark, and I think I’m going to have to set aside a day to go see these pieces in person — it’s the sort of powerful and deeply moving art that comes to life in person even more than on the screen. Read on to learn more about Nina and her work. xo, grace

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Artist: Nina Chanel Abney
About: Nina was born in 1982 in Harvey, Illinois. She now lives and works in New York City. She received her MFA from Parsons School of Design and her BFA from Augustana College in Rock Island, IL.
Work: Nina’s bold and colorful artwork explores deeper issues of race, gender and culture. Nina is unafraid to approach any subject and finds a way to convey a strong and meaningful message while also creating something that’s aesthetically powerful.
More: You can read more about Nina’s work here, here and here.

All artwork (c) Nina Chanel Abney. Portrait by Shane LaVancher, via Vanity Fair.

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