Painter Nadine Robbins has generously donated several limited edition prints of her oyster paintings to support Australian filmmaker Kim Beamish’s new Kickstarter campaign. The campaign, which started on September 1, 2016 and runs through September 30, 2016, is intended to generate the $25,000AUD necessary for Beamish to produce Oyster, a film that will document the effects of climate change by following a family of oyster farmers.
Beamish approached Robbins on her Instagram page, JuicyOysters, where the two artists had bonded over their love of oysters and passion for protecting the delicate ecosystems in which oysters live and grow. Beamish explains, “With such a large oyster industry in the US and with such an oyster culture, I approached Nadine through Instagram with the hope that she might want to donate some of her amazing pictures as a reward for donations since we both love oysters. I’m thankful for her support.”
As Nadine started learning more about oysters and their habitats, she grew interested in doing her part to reclaim vital waters from the pollution that threatens diverse species that would ordinarily thrive. And donating her mouthwatering prints is just part of Robbins’ commitment to the environmental issues that affect both humans and oysters alike. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Robbins’ oyster prints goes to support organizations like The Billion Oyster Project, a long-term, large-scale ecosystem restoration and education project aimed at restoring one billion live oysters to New York Harbor.
Though oysters have turned out to be an amazing way to connect with people all over the world, Robbins discussed her reasons for painting oysters in the first place: “I grew up outside Charleston, South Carolina and in Southern France, always close to the sea and seafood. In between my paintings of people, when I found myself in need of a moment to breathe and was hungry for new inspiration, I would go back to my roots near the sea, to paint oysters.”
Describing her work as inspired by photorealism, but without the hard, finished edges, Robbins views her oyster paintings as a sexy, evocative, and playful exploration of a food with great popular appeal, but she also wants to shine a light on the environmental issues that oyster farming raises. She explains, “Oysters are these amazing little creatures. They filter their environment, leaving the water cleaner than it was before they were introduced. There aren’t many crops that actually improve the ecosystem. I’m proud to do my part to preserve oysters and our waterways.”
Nadine’s original oil paintings and prints are available at her website, JuicyOysters.com. She invites fellow oyster lovers to follow her on Instagram at JuicyOysters and to request a copy of her brand new print brochure containing photos of her oyster art, along with information about ordering prints. Oyster aficionados will have the opportunity to see Robbins’ oyster prints at the Starr Library in Rhinebeck, NY beginning on November 5, 2016. Her paintings will be featured at the Cotuit Center for the Arts on Cape Cod, which has confirmed an exhibition in February/March 2017.
To learn more about Kim Beamish’s Kickstarter campaign for his new film, Oyster, visit http://www.oysterfilm.com/
About Nadine Robbins:
Emerging oil painter Nadine Robbins (American artist, 1966) fuses her formal training in graphic design and photography with her passion for oysters and portraiture, unapologetically expressing her sensual, warm, authentic, and humorous view of her subjects. Robbins work was twice accepted by London’s Royal Society of Portrait Painters’ juried exhibition. Her work has been displayed in numerous galleries and exhibitions, including the MEAM Mod Portrait Exhibition in Barcelona in Spring 2016. Robbins’ paintings have been published in The Huffington Post, American Art Collector, Crain’s Chicago Business, Fine Art Connoisseur, Poets and Artists and Artsy, and her witty, unconventional paintings can be found in national and international collections, most notably the Howard A. & Judith Tullman Collection in Chicago.