New Acquisitions – Nell Painter

Nell Painter

Arrived New Names 3
Hand-colored lino print in ink and tusche
10 ¼” x 8 ½” 


Collection of Rutgers University-Newark, Purchase of Paul Robeson Galleries

Nell Painter (the painter formerly known as the historian Nell Irvin Painter, author of The History of White People, Sojourner Truth, A Life, A Symbol, and Creating Black Americans and the Edwards Professor of American History, Emerita, Princeton University) lives and works in Newark, New Jersey. My work carries discursive as well as visual meaning, and I make it in my characteristic manual + digital process. Using found images and digital manipulation; I reconfigure the past and revision myself through self-portraits. After a life of historical truth and political engagement with American society, my artwork represents freedom. Including the freedom to be totally self-centered.

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