Nell Blaine

Selected Works

December 15, 2016 - February 11 2017

Nell Blaine Alive Still, 1991

Nell Blaine
Alive Still, 1991
pastel and charcoal on paper
22 x 17 inches

Nell Blaine Blizzard Roses, 1991

Nell Blaine
Blizzard Roses, 1991
oil on canvas
27 x 21 inches

Nell Blaine Blue Cloth, 1980

Nell Blaine
Blue Cloth, 1980
oil on canvas
26 x 22 inches

Nell Blaine Dories, Gloucester, 1963

Nell Blaine
Dories, Gloucester, 1963
oil on board
12 x 16 inches

Nell Blaine Garden and Font des Serpents St. Lucia, 1965

Nell Blaine
Garden and Font des Serpents St. Lucia, 1965
oil on canvas
20 x 24 inches

Nell Blaine Gloucester Harbor from Banner Hill, 1986

Nell Blaine
Gloucester Harbor from Banner Hill, 1986
oil on canvas
24 x 46 inches

Nell Blaine Harbor and Promontory, Dusk, 1974

Nell Blaine
Harbor and Promontory, Dusk, 1974
oil on canvas
27 1/2 x 36 1/4 inches

Nell Blaine Picotee, 1989

Nell Blaine
Picotee, 1989
oil on canvas
24 x 22 inches

Nell Blaine Still Life for Frank, 1975

Nell Blaine
Still Life for Frank, 1975
oil on canvas
24 x 22 inches

Nell Blaine Still Life with Daisies #1, 1959

Nell Blaine
Still Life with Daisies #1, 1959
oil on paper
23 x 17 inches

 

Nell Blaine Studio Interior, 1978

Nell Blaine
Studio Interior, 1978
oil on canvas
12 x 16 inches

Nell Blaine Summer Bouquet and Chair, 1963

Nell Blaine
Summer Bouquet and Chair, 1963
oil on canvas
24 x 20 1/4 inches

Nell Blaine Summer, Quaker Hill, 1969

Nell Blaine
Summer, Quaker Hill, 1969
oil on canvasboard
18 x 24 inches

Nell Blaine Table, Nearly Dawn, 1980

Nell Blaine
Table, Nearly Dawn, 1980
oil on canvas
23 x 35 inches

Nell Blaine Touch of Fall, 1994

Nell Blaine
Touch of Fall, 1994
watercolor on paper
12 x 16 inches

Nell Blaine White Lilies, Pink Cloth, 1990

Nell Blaine
White Lilies, Pink Cloth, 1990
oil on canvas
24 x 27 inches

Press Release

The gallery is proud to present a survey of paintings and works on paper. The show marks the twentieth year since the artist’s death.  This exhibition comprises still life, interiors, and landscapes from over forty years of the artist career.

Many of the works were painted in Gloucester, Massachusetts, where Blaine spent the summer of 1958, 1963, and 1971.  In 1974 she acquired a house in Gloucester overlooking the harbor. Thereafter she divided her time between her apartment in New York and her cottage in Gloucester.  The artist is most closely associated with the views from her studio windows. Her Riverside Drive apartment overlooked Riverside Park, the Soldier and Sailor Monument, and the Hudson beyond. She often painted still life interior scenes set against the window. 

Blaine is considered among the most exceptional colorists of her generation. Her paintings are a synthesis of the all-over mark making of 1950s abstract expressionists and the intimacy of Pierre Bonnard and Pierre Matisse.  She translated nature employing calligraphic brushstrokes, coalescing into images, but never losing the integrity of individual lines.  She was that rare artist who was masterful with oils and watercolors, and moved between them with great ease.

Nell Blaine was born in Richmond, Virginia in 1922 and came to New York in 1942 to study with Hans Hofmann at his legendary Eighth Street School.  Her work has been the subject of well over one hundred gallery and museum exhibitions throughout the United States since her first show at the Jane Street Gallery in 1945.  Her work is in the permanent collections of major museums including the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Metropolitan Museum of American Art, among many others.  A monograph on the artist’s work was published in 1998.