Nadine Robbins: When a Photograph is Enough

Appalled by the “x-rated” version of Robin Thicke’s song “Blurred Lines”, I thought it would be a fun idea to mimic the video but turn the table by making the main character a woman. After having searched on ebay for props and clothing that would match the video, I invited one of my favorite models Kaitlyn and my friends Sequoia and Diane to dance around in front of the camera like they were in the video.

Diane was especially excited about the idea and told me about FEMEN, an international women’s movement of brave topless female activists painted with slogans and crowned with flowers, and came to the photo shoot with a custom crown a friend had made for her.

So we spent the afternoon being silly and having fun while I was clicking away hoping to get that one shot that would be perfect for a painting.

Back in my studio when I was reviewing the images, I was overwhelmed. There were so many great photos to choose from and I didn’t want to edit them down to just one. That’s when I decided since I could never paint them all and I would make a series of photographs called “The Cutting Room Floor: Images that didn’t make the final cut”.

Since then, I’ve been digging into my archives and reviewing all the images from my photo shoots, 8 years worth, to add to this new series.

Nadine Robbins (American Artist, 1966) is a full-time contemporary realist oil painter and photographer who merges traditional painting techniques, photography and contemporary design concepts to create ingenious figurative and still life paintings. Influenced by artists including Dalí, Liebovitz, and Holbein, her work is infused with emotion, alive, authentic, and full of wit.

Robbins grew up in Southern France where her artist mother introduced her to the works of many artists. 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.

Her work has been published in The Huffington Post, American Art Collector, Crain’s Chicago Business, Fine Art Connoisseur, PoetsArtists and Artsy and can be found in national and international collections, most notably the Howard A. & Judith Tullman Collection in Chicago.

Nadine Robbins' Figurative paintings are available from Sirona Fine Art and her photography is available from Saatchi online.