For Week Two, My ART 110 class went to the SOA Courtyard at Long Beach State. This was my first time ever going to the Galleries. I was fascinated by what I saw. We had the chance to admire four different exhibits. While walking around, I soon stumbled across the exhibit of Gianina Nunez, which was located in the Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery. This exhibit stood out from the others because all the drawings were drawn on smaller than usual oil boards.
Born in Pasadena, Gianina Nunez is a Senior at California State University of Long Beach. At a young age, she had her heart set on Art. Today, she is currently studying drawing and painting to have a more in-depth perspective on Art. Gianina started drawing at age 9, and started drawing “Still-Life” at age 10. When I first walked into her gallery, besides the variation of vibrate colors, I noticed that all her paintings were painted as if they were seen through someone’s eyes. I thought this was pretty unique. I wanted to know why she did her drawing’s like this, so I asked her. According to her, she does Still-Life because it’s “different” and that “In real life, we do not see things from Bird’s-Eye View”. She decided to put most of her drawings on 10X10 Oil Boards because it’s more “intimate” that way. Going back into the exhibit for a second time, I noticed that every drawing had a letter in it somewhere. And that was the purpose of all her drawings. Her drawings represent the letters that were written to her by important people in her life. The letter’s are her focal point for her drawings.
One of Gianina’s paintings caught my eye more than the others. This painting is called “Daddy’s Girl”. Gianina and her father went on a Father-Daughter Retreat. Her dad wrote a letter to her on a record he received from the retreat, the glasses are her fathers, and the crumbs represent the “bread crumb trail” that her father would make when eating.
Gianina’s painting “Childhood” is the biggest and her first “Still-Life” drawing in her exhibit. “Childhood” is drawn on a 20X20 Oil Board. Gianina’s drawings today still consist of its vibrate color and still incorporate her famous iconic letters like they did when she first started. The writers of the letter’s may have change, but Gianina’s painting continues to capture her audience’s eyes.
Below are more of Gianina’s drawings I found interesting.
(From Left to Right: “Grandma Payita Jewery Box”, “A Mothers Love”, and “Last Memory”)
It was a great pleasure meeting Gianina Nunez and viewing her works of art.