LABOR DAY WEEKEND SEPTEMBER 3-4, 2016 | 11AM-5PM | 27 OPEN STUDIOS | FREE EVENT
The 9th annual Art Studio Views is a free, self-guided tour designed to promote the artwork and talents of local artists in Northern Dutchess & Southern Columbia counties, along the Route 9 & 9G corridor. Twenty-seven artists from Hyde Park, Rhinebeck, Red Hook, Tivoli, and Germantown will open their studios to the public, share their creative environments, and help visitors understand the inspiration that drives their passions.
Spearheaded by the artists themselves, Art Studio Views is supported by local sponsors who, through their generous support, enable artists to host this open studio event. Please support the businesess that support the Arts!
Check it all out at: www.artstudioviews.com
ABOUT THE ARTIST
9TH ANNUAL ART STUDIO VIEWS TOUR
LABOR DAY WEEKEND
ARTIST NADINE ROBBINS
I paint realistic, oil-on-linen portraits that explore contemporary iconographies. Scrapping the decorum associated with the staged postures of traditional portraiture, my work instead seeks to capture both the candor and opacity of my subjects. Each of my portraits is as much artifact as it is anecdote. I begin each portrait by photographing a subject until certain resonating mannerisms, idiosyncrasies, and other unique characteristics emerge. I then select a particular image gleaned from the photo session as a starting point.
Then there are the oysters. I see each oyster as an individual: sculptural and raw, beautiful and abstract, pure. In-between my portraits, when I find myself in need of a moment to breathe and am hungry for new inspiration, I go back to my roots near the sea to paint oysters. My paintings expose the unique beauty of the oyster, glistening in brine, in order to seduce the viewer into indulging in my favorite food.
Nadine Robbins, American Artist, 1966 grew up in Southern France; her artist mother introduced her to many influences most importantly Salvador Dalí. In the beginning of her career, she studied graphic design in the US and in London, achieving considerable success and founding her own firm in New York City. During this time, she developed her fine art by merging her experiences as a designer with her long-standing interest in portraiture into a large-scale series of paintings called “8 Portrait Peaces”. On a whim, she entered several of them into the Royal Society of Portrait Painters’ juried exhibition and was accepted twice. Encouraged by this, she chose to further her painting skills by spending 2 years working full-time on traditional oil painting techniques.
Robbins is now a full-time realist painter, who specializes in portraits, nudes and oyster still-life paintings.
She continues to merge traditional techniques and contemporary concepts, striving for realism and creating
work which is animated and alive, infused with emotion, authenticity, wit and wisdom.
Her work has been published in The Huffington Post, American Art Collector, Crain’s Chicago Business,
Fine Art Connoisseur, Poets and Artists and Artsy and can be found in national and international collections, most notably the Howard A. & Judith Tullman Collection in Chicago.