Championing the Black Lives Matter Movement with a Paintbrush
In the November 2008 issue of W Magazine, a 26-year-old Nina Chanel Abney explained to Haven Thompson how celebrity scandals inspire some of her vibrant, often brazen paintings that at once suggest Francis Bacon, David Hockney, and contemporary street murals. “I’m fascinated by how celebrity news has become not more interesting, but more important than politics. I like to infuse that with race issues,” Abney said, referring to her 2007 solo debut show, Dirty Wash, at New York’s Kravets|Wehby gallery.
“I always said I wanted to be a famous painter. I just never knew what that really meant,
Born Chicago, IL, 1982
Lives and works in New York