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Nushka and The Feminine Form

This week, Saatchi Art is proud to present a new solo show by internationally acclaimed French artist, Nushka. This exhibition is available exclusively on Saatchi Art from April 2nd to May 7th. 

In her most recent body of work, Nushka revisits the feminine form, weighing the precarious yet fruitful balance between the traditional and contemporary. Inspired by Old Masters, Nushka often restructures the classical artistic approach to art with abstraction and expressionism. Her method of painting directly from models – often friends she has worked with for years – inspires Nushka to create scenes of romance and familiar figures, honoring the changing idealizations of women and beauty throughout art history.

“My inspiration is women, as always. The idealization of women and beauty. Throughout History, in master paintings by Bouguereau or Sargent, which I revisit, restructure with contemporary structures.” – Nushka.

Nushka studied heritage and culture at the Institute of Political Sciences in Aix en Provence. Afterwards, she pursued a degree in cultural management at HEC, Paris. It was during this time she paired her love of art with her curiosity to learn. Nushka studied painting and drawing under the guidance of two painters. Maggie Siner, who remains Nushka’s mentor today, trained her in the mechanics of color. In 2007, Nushka also studied under Hashpa, who instructed her in the sensuality of models and the subtlety of composition. It was through these experiences that Nushka’s work began to combine high-level technical skills in oil painting and modern style.


(Image: “Study for Four Wings – After Bouguereau” by Fanny Nushka)

In 2015, Nushka had her first solo exhibition at L’Oeil du Prince in Paris, entitled “Revisiting the Masters”.  Since then, she has exhibited at several sold-out shows and returned to L’Oeil du Prince for “Detail Contemporain”, a solo show co-curated with Saatchi Art in 2016. 

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About the Author

Bethany Fincher is a curator at Saatchi Art. Need help finding art? Contact her via our free Art Advisory service at saatchiart.com/artadvisory.