Fine Art

Figure Painting and Portraits

As a Fine Artist, with extensive experience and technical knowledge of painting, Nina Elkin’s speciality is portrait and figure paintings. While she has worked in many mediums including oil painting, screen printing, acrylic painting, she has a preference for watercolor and ink paintings. Her influences are turn of the century artist such as painters John Singer Sargent, and Stanislaw Wyspianski. She likes works which display a certain amount of movement and “impressionist” texture and this shows up in her portfolio.

The Golden Age of Movement Series

Golden Age of Swing Dancing Series
Solo Exhibition by artist Nina Elkin
Painting – Multimedia – Book Arts

Created and produced by Nina Elkin (née Grosser), 2013

The series, Golden Age of Movement, draws inspiration from vintage era swing dances including the lindy hop, charleston, blues and balboa.

1) The ‘form’ shows the hand of the artists and the method of creation. The work should be expressive and tactile.
2) The content represents the world in a new innovative way while simultaneously reflecting knowledge of the trends and traditions of art history.

For example, these goals are incorporated into my current work formally by utilizing the natural texture of watercolor paper. Brushstrokes are used to indicate the movement and spontaneity inherent to the dances I am illustrating. The content of my work reflects on the long history of dance being integrated in the visual arts. My paintings depict contemporary movements and social dance forms. They are primarily influenced by old black and white films and traditional hand drawn animation which is a relatively modern means of artistic expression.

  • Dia de los Muertos
  • Golden Age Movement
  • Space (Przestrzeń)
  • Functional, Ornamentation
  • Anatomy of a Homemaker

Selected Exhibitions

  • “La Llorona – Dia de los Muertos”, Day of the Dead Group Exhibition, Oct 16 – Nov 23, 2013, Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts (MCCLA), San Francisco, CA.
  • “Golden Age Movement”, Solo Exhibition, Feb 15 – March 9, 2013, Kontakt. Space of Movement and Dance, Krakow, Poland.
  • “Space (Przestrzeń),” Experimental Space: Voyeurism, Instillation, 20 April – 6 May, 2012, Contemporary Art Gallery – Lower Gallery (Bunkier Sztuki, Dolna Galeria), Krakow, Poland.
  • “Functional, Ornamentation,” Three Person Show Featuring Works By Nina Elkin (Oil Painter), Nick Campbell & Jon Elder (Metalsmiths), Poudre River Center of the Arts, May 1 – 30, 2009, Fort Collins, CO.
  • “Anatomy of a Homemaker”, Instillation Solo Exhibit, Visual Arts Building, Mini Gallery, Feb 15 – 21, 2009, C.S.U, Fort Collins, CO.
Full Exhibition History