Nadine Robbins Still-Life Painting - Photorealistic oyster painting, "Ice Ice Baby", blue red and brown
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Nadine Robbins
Photorealistic oyster painting, "Ice Ice Baby", blue red and brown



Nadine Robbin's playful approach is seen in "Ice Ice Baby." The small scale photorealist painting depicts a single oyster on a bed of ice. The work features a powder blue background and is meticulously detailed. Upon close examination, one can see the nuances of color in the shell and the gleam of the delicate meat. The oyster is completed with a dollop of cocktail sauce. The ice is rendered imperfectly, with inconsistent shapes and sizes, to provide an organic and authentic feel to the painting. Altogether, this piece looks good enough to eat. American painter Nadine Robbins’ contemporary style is distinguished by a masterly command of academic painting techniques paired with an irreverence for rules, gender and beauty. Much of the painter’s practice focuses on themes of defiance, and a singular form of eroticism that is presented from a new and unexpected perspective. In particular, Robbins has earned great admiration for her iconoclastic nudes, as well as an ongoing series of portraits that oscillate between the mysterious and the candid. There is also a remarkable group of oyster still life paintings that in their lush precision seem to achingly intersect genres of eroticism and the still life. As well as a solo exhibition at Brill Gallery, Massachusetts, 2009 Robbins has shown widely in group shows such as Perspectives of the American Experience, American Women Artists, Rockwell Museum, Corning, New York, 2018; Figurative Masters, Arcadia Contemporary, Culver City, California; The Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art, Wisconsin; Women Painting Women, RJD Gallery, South Hampton, New York; The 12th Annual Group Show, International Guild of Realism, Winfield Gallery, Carmel, California; Dissent; Sparrow Gallery; Attention to Detail, Robert Lange Studios, Charleston, South Carolina and Formation, A Painting Survey in conjunction with Poets & Artists, Bernarducci.Meisel, New York, New York. Robbins is the recipient of a grant from the Puffin Foundation, 2017 and in 2015, Robbins was selected for the special feature Poets and Artists, 50 Memorable Painters and was listed as one of top figurative painters working now by Buzzfeed, 2017. The artist’s work may be found in several important private collections, most notably the Howard A. & Judith Tullman Collection, Chicago and The Count-Ibex Collection, Germany.


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    Nadine Robbins (1966, American)
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    H 14 in. x W 11 in.H 35.56 cm x W 27.94 cm
  • Gallery Location
    Binghamton, NY
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