Nina Chanel Abney, ‘Untitled (2315) (2315)’, 2015, Rush Philanthropic Benefit Auction 2015

Artist Nina Chanel Abney uses collage and painting to create works that iterate a tension between politics and popular culture. This tension takes the shape of hybrid images, which incorporate elements of the political climate with popular color schemes, stereotypes, and ideologies. Abney’s work has been featured in solo exhibitions at Kravets Wehby Gallery, New York, among others, and is in the public collections of the Brooklyn Museum and the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Framed diptych

Image rights: Courtesy of Nina Chanel Abney and Kravets|Wehby

About Nina Chanel Abney

Addressing pop culture and racial conflicts, Nina Chanel Abney paints scenes rooted in autobiography, current events, and traditional storytelling. Driven by a fascination with the perceived importance of celebrity news as compared to politics, she works in a pop-surrealist style, employing cartoonish figures and playful compositions to echo the perpetual stimulation of the digital age. Abney’s paintings present new ways of approaching loaded topics and generating discussion, allowing viewers to come to their own conclusions. In the “Always a Winner” series, which addresses the Black Lives Matter movement, police batons are phallic symbols and clown makeup suggests racial distinctions. The series reflects the absurdity and information overload of the internet era and questions the ways in which people are affected by abuses of power.

American, b. 1982, Chicago, Illinois, based in New York, New York

Solo Shows

The Nasher Museum, 
Durham, NC, United States,
Dealer's Choice

Group Shows

Celaya Brothers Gallery, 
Mexico City, DF,
Postcards from America