14" square platter hand-painted by artist Nina Gillman.
Nina Gillman has been a member of The Retreat family for 15 years, first as a supporter and then eight years as a board member. We are happy to have Nina join us as an artist for the first time this year.
She is a representational painter and sees herself as an heir to the modernist tradition. Still life, interiors, and all manner of plants and flowers are her primary subject matter; her media are oil painting, collage, and printmaking. (View her garden in the video to see where she gets her inspiration.)
She does not aim for verisimilitude but rather to create visual poems that express her feelings about the subject matter. Henri Matisse, one of her painting heroes, told his students to find the vase in the turn of a calf and an amphora in the way a pelvis fits into the thighs, and this search for visual metaphor is at the heart of what she tries to do.
Gillman hopes to make her work embody certain dualities: formally strong but also accessible and expressive, linked to tradition but uniquely hers, representational but inventive, and perhaps other creative oppositions to come.
Donated By Nina Gillman