The ‘Come Back’ of Nina Conradi:) After a period of taking a low profile in the art world and dedicating myself to exploring the great outdoors of New Zealand, upgrading skills and travel overseas…. while accumulating a few injuries, I realised that working as an artist is a far safer way to be and that I need the creative outlet for my mental balance.
I spent the last few months working in my little studio at the Wanaka Art Center getting together a large body of new works. You can view these art works under the ‘Recent Works’ tab on my website. Several of these pieces will feature in the Exhibition called:
“Transformation – Old and New”, which runs at the AMISFIELD WINERY, 10 Lake Hayes Road, Queenstown from the 16th of January till the 27th of February.
Plenty of time to pick a nice day to visit this beautiful venue – http://www.amisfield.co.nz/, enjoy a glass of fine wine and some good food while admiring the great art works display.
And even better, they are for sale….. you could be enjoying them all year round in the comfort of your own home:)
Nina’s ‘Architecture Series’ is part of a continual search for beauty in things given a higher aesthetic value the older they are and the more they have been used. In the present society of throw away culture, where things don’t get repaired anymore, but replaced once they show minor insufficiencies, things don’t often get a chance anymore to age and acquire character. Anything has a story to tell, the story of their life, encounters, etc.. . Nina has a passion for old houses, has renovated many and loves discovering layer upon layer of history.
Nina’s approach is very intuitive, leaving room for things to emerge from a more distant space. She translates physical sensations into color and texture and draws from her experiences and the ever-changing colors and shapes of her environment as a great source of inspiration. Layer upon layer the painting slowly takes on a life of its own. The observer is encouraged to see rather than look, feel rather than think.
Nina Conradi is a contemporary abstract artist living and working in Wanaka, New Zealand. Born in Munich in 1972, Nina was raised in Germany, spend several summers doing art school residences abroad during high school years and later studied Architecture and Art at the ‘Beaux Arts’ Academy in Paris, France. She spent her last semester of University in Cuba and then wrote her final thesis about a remote area in Fiordland, New Zealand, creating a ‘Gesamtkunstwerk’, a synergy of land, art and architecture, which earned her an honours degree. After a few years of travelling, mainly in Asia, Nina settled in New Zealand in 1998. She first lived in a remote place on the west coast, away from civilisation and tuning into the wonders of the natural world, than finally based herself in the beautiful sunny central Otago area. She has been living, working, creating and exhibiting locally and overseas.