Nina (nadine Pillet)

Nina or Nadine Pillet was born on the first days of 1970 in Sierre, Switzerland. After formative education, Nina decided to explore SE Asia and discovered a traditional artistic niche of applying carbon powder to parchment. Studying under a local master, she became both a practitioner and an exponent of old techniques which she translates visually from one culture to another and back again.
On her return many years later to Switzerland, Nina continued to explore portraiture techniques but her involvement in teaching alternative medicine incurred a temporary hiatus in her artistic disciplines. In her medical work she became the author of several publications and books.

When she returned again to Asia in 2014, she immediately re immersed herself in artistic discovery. She remained for several months as artist-in-residence in a local gallery. Here she finally found appeasement and flourished in producing a new series of images which she continues to add to consistently.

She now divides her time between both continents.

“My paintings are entirely based on human emotions which have always fascinated me. Mostly portraits, communicating feelings captured in their daily evolution with symbolism of human sentiment as inner peace or the search for harmony and love. The images are created with carbon powder, sometimes with a base according to the needs of the specific subject. Using fine paintbrushes, I apply the powder in very small quantities which allows me to create different tones, textures and moods throughout the entire spectrum of light. The result is similar to black and white photography with added human sensuousness. In some of my paintings I use pastel powder which I apply the same way to put into contrast a specific detail, e.g. eyes, a jewel or a scarf. I sometimes use watercolour and/or acrylic paint to create a background before applying carbon. This can create the impression of an old painting contributing to my chosen theme. This subtle technique is virtually unknown in Occidental countries and generates most curiosity.

In the actualization of a painting, most important for me are the emotions I create which, in turn, resonate with the observer’s personal spirit and therefore finds itself connected to the image. Achieving ‘life within’ is my ultimate aim."

This particular technique is very demanding in time and patience. A
carbon portrait measuring 28x38 cm takes an average of 20 to 30 hours to finish and a bigger format around 40x60 will take between 40 and 70 hours in relation with the details. During mixed techniques she easily reach 100 hours of work. Each painting is a journey through deep emotions, the magic of creation out of space and time. She hopes it will transport you like it transports her.

Solo exhibitions

2015 Galerie 83 Fribourg Switzerland

2015-16 Le Trésor des 5 épices Bulle Switzerland

2016 Le XXe Fribourg Switzerland

Collective exhibitions

2015 La Grange Villars-sur-Glâne Switzerland
Club of artistes

2016 Galerie 83 Fribourg Switzerland
With Sheynna Pillet

2016 Le 1er août Sierre Switzerland
With Sheynna Pillet

2017-18 MAD Gallery Milano Italy
International artists

2018 2nd Intern. Fine Art Cannes PAKS Gallery
Cannes French International artists

Upcoming collective exhibitions planned

2018 Modern Art Masters In Complex du Louvre
PAKS Gallery Carrousel du Louvre, Paris,
French International artists

Critical review published

2017 MAD Gallery review on ISSUU :
https://issuu.com/nina-artiste

Award

2018 « Sensitive emotional mood » in the 2nd International Fine
Art Cannes Biennale by PAKS Gallery and MAMAG
Museum, May 11th, Cannes Palace, French


Portfolio:

Emotions

In the actualization of a painting, most important for me are the emotions I create which, in turn, resonate with the observer’s personal spirit and therefore finds itself connected to the image. Achieving ‘life within’ is my ultimate aim.

The artworks in this portolio were inspired by photos from the web, my private collection or my imagination.

The artwork "The Madness" is an interpretation of a photo made by Daniel Thibault, with his kind permission.

I whish you a nice travel into "Emotions"

Nina

Little girl of the mountains “Little girl of the mountains”

2014 - Carbon powder on Canson paper - 39 x 28 cm

The inner child “The inner child”

2015 - Carbon powder on Canson paper - 28 x 38 cm

Young rebellious woman “Young rebellious woman”

2015 - Carbon powder on Canson paper - 38 x 56 cm

Inner light “Inner light”

2015 - Carbon powder on Canson paper - 59 x 42 cm

Buddha and elephants “Buddha and elephants”

2015 - Carbon powder on Canson paper - 59 x 42 cm

Buddha statufie “Buddha statufie”

2015 - Carbon powder on Canson paper - 28 x 38 cm

Little girl of a tribe “Little girl of a tribe”

2015 - Carbon powder on Canson paper - 38 x 56 cm

Little girl in Amazonia “Little girl in Amazonia”

2015 - Carbon powder and pastel on Canson paper - 28 x 38 cm

World map on face “World map on face”

2015 - Carbon powder on Canson paper - 38 x 28 cm

The child behind the curtains “The child behind the curtains”

2015 - Carbon powder on Canson paper - 56 x 38 cm

Meditation “Meditation”

2015 - Carbon powder on Canson paper - 28 x 38 cm

The hopes “The hopes”

2015 - Carbon powder on Canson paper - 31 x 31 cm

The lovers “The lovers”

2015 - Carbon powder on Canson paper - 61 x 41 cm

Ganesh “Ganesh”

2015 - Watercolors and carbon powder on Canson watercolor paper - 28 x 38 cm

Waï “Waï”

2015 - Watercolors and carbon powder on Canson watercolor paper - 28 x 38 cm

Ancient Buddha “Ancient Buddha”

2016 - Watercolors, acrylic and carbon powder on Canson watercolor paper - 28 x 38 cm

Shiva “Shiva”

2016 - Carbon powder on Canson paper - 38 x 53 cm

The railway dock “The railway dock”

2016 - Carbon powder on Canson paper - 28 x 38 cm

The madness “The madness”

2017 - Carbon powder and pastel powder on Canson paper - 38 x 56 cm

The stairs “The stairs”

2017 - Carbon powder on Canson paper - 28 x 38 cm

On the other side of the veil “On the other side of the veil”

2018 - Carbon powder ans pastel powder on Canson paper - 56 x 38 cm

Primordial female Buddha “Primordial female Buddha”

2015 - Carbon powder on Canson paper - 52 x 38 cm