Born to German parents in El Salvador, artist Nina Nolte has had a fascination with water since childhood. In her series of acrylic paintings, “THE BEST IS YET TO COME”, water is represented as a social sanctuary for glamorous middle-aged women and their friends.
Nolte’s large pop art style paintings harken back to the days of 1940s glamour. This series depicts a relaxed elegance; women wearing turbans, donning sunglasses and cocktails as they luxuriate and converse in swimming pools and spa pools.
The women are occupied with themselves, unaware of an audience, and do not confront the viewer. Instead we are voyeurs watching as they indulge themselves and their friendships. The cigarettes, lipstick, sunglasses and cocktails tell us that these women are relaxing and socializing without fear of judgement in their own little private sanctuaries.
Nina uses different parts of photos taken by herself to create her new own reality images of her subjects to paint from and manages to retain the realism, yet stylizes the works with colour and light.
The play of light on the water and the subtle differences between the submerged and exposed parts of the figures are examples of how deftly Nina handles liquid as a subject and as an effect. The patterns and deep colours of the textiles (turbans and swimsuits), are striking when just exposed against the pale flesh and bright blue cool pool water.
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