I’m pleased to announce my debut solo exhibition coming up in March.
“Outside of Now”
20 Mar 2023 - 02 Apr 2023
Signal Arts Centre
1a Albert Ave, Bray, Co. Wicklow
Opening Reception: Thursday 23rd March, 7 – 9pm
“Outside of Now” is a showcase of portraits by Polish painter Nina Ruminska. In her work the artist is aiming to capture sitters in a moment of a quiet reflection, when they enter the realm of the infinity of their mind.
It seems almost unthinkable in today’s reality, to pause for a few hours to just be. “Focus on the present” can be a remedy to all the uncertainty and anxiety we encounter every day. However, instead of being here and now, we often end up either replaying past events or making checklists for the future. Nina’s portraits are a representation of a mind in a deep-thinking state, drifting away from the presence, brushed upon canvas in an expressive and painterly way. Her models often look to the side or away, as if they were not aware of being painted. Nina’s goal is not to idealise but to capture sitters at their truest, often with a touch of melancholy.
“Outside of Now” is a map of self-exploration, a tangible proof of Nina’s quest of seeking her own painting language often manifesting itself as an internal, quiet conflict, yet a rewarding one. The work was completed over 3 years since she returned to Ireland from Florence, where she received her academic training. Nina’s work is inspired by Polish 19th and 20th century paintings, and portraiture remains in the centre of her artistic interests.