When the first stroke of my paintbrush touches the surface, the storytelling begins. I dive into my painting with no specific plan; I only follow my intuition by reacting to the spontaneous magic of the colors. Once my emotions begin to spill out onto the canvas, the painting emerges with a direction. When there is action and movement, the conversation begins.
I draw my inspiration from images and markings that I encounter everyday. As a pedestrian living in a historical city who walks several miles each day, I am influenced by the architecture and the evolution of the structures over time. I am enamored by the numerous layers of paint, worn marble, weathered bricks, and the old cobblestone streets that have transformed into works of art.
My intent as an artist is to evoke visual sensations that may possibly prompt the viewer to notice recognizable images, or for the painting to simply be reminiscent of a time or place, a structure, or a figure. As I wait patiently for the colors and textures to create the layers on my canvas, it is only then that my story is told.
Nina Hopen Klein is an abstract expressionist.
Art has been a part of her life for as long as she can remember. As a small child, Nina visited the Philadelphia Museum of Art on a regular basis with her artist grandfather (the first male permitted to take classes at Moore College of Art and who studied at the Barnes Foundation in the late 1940’s) and spent precious little time with her aunt, also an artist, who graduated from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. She took art lessons every year since the age of 5, studied at Moore College of Art while in high school, and graduated from Penn State with a B.S. in Art Education.
Nina lived in South Florida for 29 years and during that time she owned and operated a stationery company, a graphic design company, worked in an art museum, taught art classes to children, and worked in manufacturing and retail. At the core of her busy careers, she was also raising four children.
Throughout her lifetime, Nina has explored and worked in most mediums, but always returned to acrylics and mixed media in the style of abstract expressionism. Her main sources of inspiration come from her travels and the pulse of urban living. Nina’s abstract paintings are strong with a complexity of textured layers. Some of her favorite influential artists include Still, De Kooning, Kline, Hofmann, and Johns.
Moving back to her hometown of Philadelphia in 2007, she found a residence that featured an inspirational floor-to-ceiling view of her beloved Philadelphia Museum of Art. When Nina is not painting or traveling, you can find her on her yoga mat, or savoring the city’s food scene with her foodie/wine expert/best friend husband.