June Art Fair 2021: Booth 17

20 - 26 SEPTEMBER 2021
  • Nina Chilldress, (b. 1961 in Pasadena, California)

    Nina Chilldress

    (b. 1961 in Pasadena, California)

    Nina Childress is a Franco-American painter based in Paris, France. She studied at Ecole National Superieure des Arts Decoratifs de Paris (ENSAD), and at Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-arts de Paris where she currently teaches and was appointed Chairman in 2019. 


    In the early 1980s, Childress was an active member of the French post-punk movement with her group Lucrate Milk; she began painting then. From 1985 to 1989 she joined the street artist collective Les Frères Ripoulin, to which Pierre Huyghe and Claude Closky also belonged. In speaking about her practice, Childress describes her paintings as “conceptual and dumb”, never keeping herself in a box and constantly changing her subjects. Today, her focus is chiefly on portraits of glamorous female idols of the stage and screen such as Sylvie Vartan, Kate Bush, Hedy Lamarr and French popular culture icons of the 1970s and 1980s such as the Swiss disco star Patrick Juvet and mother-daughter film stars Bulle and Pascale Olgier. Recently, Childress has been capturing these figures in phosphorescent paint, which transforms the image when displayed under black light. 


    Childress’ work has been shown nationally and internationally, most notably at the MAMCO (Geneva), Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Centre Régional d'Art Contemporain (Sète), Fondation d’entreprise Ricard (Paris), FRAC Limousin-Artothèque (Limoges), and Frac Nouvelle-Aquitaine MÉCA (Bordeaux), where she will have a major retrospective in 2021.

  • Nina Childress
    Minet/Minette, 2021
    Oil on canvas
    31 1/2 x 27 1/8 in
    80 x 69 cm
  • LISA BECK, (b. 1958 in New York City)


    (b. 1958 in New York City)

    Lisa Beck (b. 1958 in New York City) is a multi-media artist living and working in Brooklyn, New York. She received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1980 and has been the recipient of several awards, residencies, and fellowships, including the Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Program Studio Residency (2012-2013), the Yaddo Residency (2021), and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship (2021).

    Beck’s work is driven by her preoccupations and obsessions concerning the relationship of the particular and the universal. For Beck, “the particular” is a shorthand for the observable aspects of reality (the landscape, our bodies). “The universal” is a shorthand for things that are too vast or too tiny for us to grasp completely (space, atomic physics) which necessarily become a kind of abstraction. Her most prevalent motif has been the circle in all its forms and references: atoms, solids, voids, cells, selves, stars, specificity, and eternity. Beck’s work is defined by the combination of opposing but related visual phenomena like positive and negative, pattern and randomness, flatness and depth, referential and abstract imagery. Much of her work involves the integration of these opposites, emphasizing their interaction, rather than the divide. 


    Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is held in significant public collections such as the Tang Teaching Museum of Skidmore College, Maramotti Collection, Italy, FRAC pays de la Loire, France, Museé des Beaux-Arts La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, JP Morgan Chase, Nestlé, and many private collections around the world. 

    • Lisa Beck pr-Ast, 2015 Acrylic on canvas, mylar on wood 90 1/2 x 38 1/4 x 2 in 230 x 97 x 5 cm
      Lisa Beck
      pr-Ast, 2015
      Acrylic on canvas, mylar on wood
      90 1/2 x 38 1/4 x 2 in
      230 x 97 x 5 cm
    • Lisa Beck pr-Nut, 2015 Acrylic on canvas, mylar on wood 90 1/2 x 38 1/4 x 2 in 230 x 97 x 5 cm
      Lisa Beck
      pr-Nut, 2015
      Acrylic on canvas, mylar on wood
      90 1/2 x 38 1/4 x 2 in
      230 x 97 x 5 cm