Bianca Nemelc is a figurative painter whose practice explores the beautiful and symbiotic relationship between the female form and the natural world. Inspired by the artist’s own investigative journey into her identity, her work pays homage to her Caribbean, South American, and Indonesian heritage, through the use of varying hues of brown that come together to depict human figures. Often made up of graphic, colorful forms, her paintings evoke the tropical landscapes where her family originates from. Born and raised in New York City, Nemelc has exhibited work at venues that include Swivel Gallery, New York; The Mistake Room, Los Angeles; Ross+Kramer, New York; Taymour Grahne Projects, London; Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago; Steve Turner Gallery, Los Angeles; and Ojiri Gallery, London; among others.
In Between is part of a new series that casts the flower as a home for growth and nourishment for the Brown figure. Deemed “flower bodies” by the artist, abstract figures—delineated by umber, curved forms—become landscapes nestled between petals and leaves. This particular work crops in on a singular, rust-shaded bloom from which a single bead of water drips onto a leaf below. The gradient background transitions from yellow to a muted shade of blue, evoking a transitory time such as dawn or dusk. Charged with mystery and sensuality, the flower becomes an anthropomorphic symbol that is open for bountiful interpretation. For this edition, Nemelc will additionally hand-embellish each print by painting new dew drops.
In Between, 2023
Archival pigment print
18 x 18 inches
Limited edition of 25 with 5AP + 1PP
Hand-embellished, signed and numbered by the artist
“Paying homage to the land is an important part of my practice. My artwork is rooted in a desire to create spaces for joy and rest within the natural world. As a New Yorker, being a steward to the land through my artwork is an impactful way to engage and to help foster these protected, ecological spaces within my city.”
ART FOR CHANGE will plant ten trees for each work sold in support of global reforestation efforts. As in all series, artists will receive 50% of the net proceeds of sales.