One of Nell Painter’s One Hundred Drawings for Hanneline appears on the cover of the poet Dionne Brand’s Fierce Departures (2008).
In November-December 2008 Nell Painter created a series of paintings inspired by Brooklyn photographs by Lucille Fornasieri-Gold in the Brooklyn Historical Society. Here are four from that series, ink and gouache on paper, all 22" x 30".
NJTV video interviews include Nell Painter and shows her work. NJTV visits Emerge 11, an exhibit of 21 artists at Aljira, A Center for Contemporary Art, in downtown Newark, New Jersey. Emerge is a group art show and also a professional development program for artists. NJTV spoke with the founding directior and five of the Emerge 11 artists, including Nell Painter. (Published on Oct 23, 2014)
Nell's interview is from 4:52 to 6:17 in the video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQJYPoyEzsY
Nell Painter is mentioned in a review of the Emerge 11 group show in the Star-Ledger newspaper (Art Review: Emerge 11 at Aljira, A Center for Contemporary Art, in Newark). Here is an excerpt from that review, discussing Nell's work:
"I think there's a lot of heart in this show," says Jorge Rojas, the independent curator who organized "Emerge 11," though he didn't choose the artists. The show is one of the rewards for acceptance into the program. "There's a lot of handwork. Most of the artists are younger than I am, but there's also Nell Painter. She had a distinguished career as a historian at Princeton University, concentrating in 19th century Southern American history, and then she decided to pursue a career in art, and went through the Rhode Island School of Design. And now she's showing these hypnotic abstractions based on an archival photograph of a dog fight in Brooklyn in the 1970s. You can still see the dogs, but they're like a memory buried in the picture."
Evonne Davis, Nell, and Glenn Shafer at an opening at Aferro, an artist-run space in downtown Newark where Nell was an artist in residence 2011-2012. Evonne and Emma Wilcox run Aferro, which has been in its present location on Market Street for more than five years.
2011 Art Events
Nell Painter has earned her MFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design!
Charles Botsman-Feimster beside Nell's painting Back Man 1 in the RISD 2011 MFA show.
Nell's studio at the Rhode Island School of Design in the winter of 2011, with Lucille Fornasieri-Gold's photos on the wall with Nell's paintings.
2009 Art Events
Nell received a BFA degree in painting from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers-the State University of New Jersey in May 2009 (while she was actually serving as a visiting professor at the University of Rome Tre). As the Virtual Artist in Residence of the Creative Research Center of Montclair State University in New Jersey, her work can be seen at http://www.montclair.edu/creativeresearch/index.html.