Art is a Relationship with Oneself

Artist: Nina Klein
Words: Samantha Shaw

 

Nina Klein is an oil painter who explores figures and portraits. She’s inspired by Egon Schiele’s emotional drawings of women, and Picasso’s bravery to boldly create art that was very different from all that came before him. Through simple line work, solid silhouettes, and pastel gradients, Nina explores themes of the self, movement, balance, and femininity.

Nina Klein in her LA-based home

Nina’s art tells us that true growth must be earned.

She’s been drawing since she was a child, but over the years her skills and style have rapidly evolved. Nina began taking drawing classes at the age of sixteen, which later lead her to this deeper desire to explore colour and rendering through paint. The new medium greeted her with new obstacles.

While tempted to revert back to a medium that felt familiar, Nina kept on: “I continued to tell myself that I could overcome the challenges and difficulties if I didn't give up. As I pushed past my frustrations and continued putting hard work into my paintings, I began experiencing rapid growth and evolution of my skills and understanding as an artist.”

Nina’s work features portraits and figures of women. Often suggested with simple line work or solid silhouettes, her muses manage to talk to you through simple body language, colour, and texture. They welcome you in. They tell you what it’s like to feel self-doubt, loneliness, intuition, mindfulness, self-confidence, and love for yourself. Her art allows you to feel a sense of movement alongside balance.

Nina has allowed herself the time to grow as an artist, and she continues to see her practice as a process. “My relationship with art is my deepest relationship, because it is my relationship with myself.”

 
  Blue Hands

Blue Hands

 
  Closeup of Dive

Closeup of Dive

 
  Adult Child No. One

Adult Child No. One

 
  Mars Clay

Mars Clay

 
 Blue Torso

Blue Torso