Nina Chanel Abney’s paintings are instantly recognisable. The New York based artist creates stunning paintings that comment on race, gender, politics and pop culture and have seen her exhibit in such institutions as Palais de Tokyo and Los Angeles’s Institute of Contemporary Art. The characters in her paintings – and Nina Chanel herself – have a distinct style, blending bright colours with statement accessories which, to be honest, we wish we could recreate IRL. So, because we love her work so much, we compiled a list of ways your style can take inspo from some of your favourite Nina Chanel paintings!
Grab Your Hat
Nina Chanel is famous for always rocking a statement hat. So ladies, dust off that headwear from the bottom of your wardrobe because it’s about to become a statement piece.
Get Colour Blocking
Have you noticed how Nina Chanel’s paintings are always brightly coloured? And how her characters are always rocking the colour-blocking trend? Now is no time to be shy and retiring, bring out your most colourful clothes and rock them together, it’s bound to make you the centre of attention and to make everyone around you smile!
Just look at this hand-painted bag Nina Chanel recently posted on Instagram. While we know it may be hard to get your hands on one, why not be more daring with your handbag anyway? We’ve gotten used to our regular dark coloured purses anyway, instead, pick out a bag that is bright and different.
Don’t Forget Your Nails
Nina Chanel is often posting images of manicures inspired by her artworks on the Gram. Artistic nails are a perfect way to elevate any look and pay homage to the artist’s work in a way that is a little more affordable than buying a painting.
Or Your Feet
Dressing like your favourite artist and her signature artworks doesn’t just have to mean making your clothes replicate her paintings. How about making an artistic statement on your feet? Look at these flip flops Nina Chanel released with Tidal in 2018, why not grab a vintage pair and give your feet an artistic makeover?
Most Importantly, Have Fun!
Nina’s artwork, style and aura are all about being fun! From bright colours to big hats, she’s always smiling. And, if you can get her to paint a denim jacket for you, even better!
Text Lizzy Vartanian