NY artist, Nadine Robbins, Finds Success in the UK’s Leading Portrait Exhibition, The 2011 Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Show, for a 2nd Year in a Row

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For the second year in a row, Hudson Valley New York portrait painter Nadine Robbins has had a portrait accepted into one of The United Kingdom’s most prestigious shows. Selected from amongst a 1000 entries, her painting entitled “Acacia and the Bowman” from “The 8 portrait peaces” project was accepted into the 2011 Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition.

As an artist, the first time I was accepted in the RPS show was exciting and validating. The second time was even more delightful and has convinced me that I am on the right track.

For the second year in a row, Hudson Valley New York portrait painter Nadine Robbins has had a portrait accepted into one of The United Kingdom’s most prestigious shows. Selected from amongst a 1000 entries, her painting entitled “Acacia and the Bowman” from “The 8 portrait peaces” project was accepted into the 2011 Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition and will appear alongside paintings by some of Britain’s leading portrait artists. The Royal Society of Portrait Painters holds an annual open submission exhibition in central London each year, a rival to the National Portrait Gallery’s BP Portrait Award.

The exhibition hosts commissioned portraits of celebrities and major public figures completed throughout the year by members of the society, as well as outstanding work by non-members, like Nadine, selected through open submissions. This year’s exhibition will be on display at the Mall Galleries near Trafalgar Square from May 5-20, 2011

May 2011
Mall Galleries, London SW1 and Rhinebeck, NY, USA

Since 1891 the Society has been devoted exclusively to the art and development of portrait painting. The selection of work on display, both from its members and the open section make it the perfect destination for those wishing to commission a portrait. Portraiture is a fascinating barometer of current trends and holds a mirror up to nature in reflecting life in contemporary Britain and beyond.

Prizes awarded by the Society are the Ondaatje Prize for Portraiture, the Prince of Wales Award for Portrait Drawing, the Changing Faces Prize and the de Laszlo Foundation Prize. The winner of the third Bulldog Bursary, awarded by the Society and sponsored by the Bulldog Trust, will also be announced.

Over 100 portraits, including Nadine Robbins’, will be hung in this exhibition which is one of the year’s top art events held in the center of London at the Mall Galleries. Its continued popularity is testament to the unique and enduring qualities of painted portraiture and the valid practice of commissioning painted portraits by institutions and individuals.

About the artist, Nadine Robbins:
The daughter of a gifted artist, Nadine Robbins absorbed her mother’s French influence, spending much of her childhood painting in the land of Picasso & Matisse. After returning to the U.S. & receiving her BFA at the age of 20, she worked at Citibank’s communications & Chase Manhattan Bank’s marketing divisions in NYC. Nadine was an integral part of the award-winning design team that redeveloped Citibank’s international identity.

Utilizing this experience, Nadine founded Namaro Graphics developing & leveraging communications for Fortune 100 & nonprofits. Namaro received more than 50 design awards for her work from organizations such as Creativity, the American Graphic Design Association, Art Direction magazine, & The Big Book of Logos. In addition, she has been published in various publications including American Corporate Identity, Creativity, & GD USA.

Her background in design & photography has led her back to painting & to her current focus on portraits with a touch of humor. There is an intimacy with her subjects that is unique which reveals much about their inner aspect.

Nadine’s current project is a series of life-size paintings called “8 portrait Peaces.” Each painting starts with an interview of select subjects & sets the stage for the concept & spontaneous moment that is used for the photography she works from. The entire process is documented on her blog that is devoted to her emerging new career as a portrait painter accepting commissions.

In 2010, one of the portraits from this series “The Rolling Buns” was accepted in the Royal Society of Portrait Painters’ annual show in London & another “Acacia & the Bowman” was just accepted for the same 2011 show.

Nadine’s art has been recognized & shown in group shows in NY at The Arts Society of Kingston, The Art Guild of Manhasset, The Gallery Mona Lisa, & The Woodstock Artist Association Museum & in London at the Mall Galleries. Her work has also been featured in publications such as Poets and Artists, Roll Magazine, InsideOut & The Times Herald-Record.

For further information about the Royal Society of Portrait Painters and their annual show, please contact:

Amelia Redgrift, Marketing and Press Officer
020 7968 0955 / 07859 039 679
press(at)mallgalleries(dot)com

For further information about the artist please contact:
Nadine Robbins in the USA 00 1 845-233-0082
dino(at)Nadinerobbinsportraits(dot)com

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