Nina Peterson now showing
Nina Peterson began experimenting with oil paints nearly seven years ago but took a hiatus from using the medium to develop her ballpoint pen drawings. She first began exhibiting artwork in high school and participated in the Business of Art Center’s “Wunderkind” in 2008. During her pursuit of an undergraduate degree in Art History, she continued to show her ballpoint pen works to positive reception. In 2010, Peterson became the youngest member of The Modbo Collective. Upon graduation from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, she began preparing for her first solo exhibition at S.P.Q.R. by applying for and receiving a Denise Pomeraning Memorial Enrichment Grant funded by the Pikes Peak Branch of the National League of American Pen Women.
For the past year, Peterson has focused on acquiring expert painting skills. Although largely self-taught and still seeking improvement, she recently took an oil painting class with Modbo and SPQR co-owner Brett Andrus that enhanced her technical ability and understanding of the medium. Femme Fatale is an exploration of painting techniques that invokes artworks from the late 19thcentury Symbolist movement. Peterson started each piece with an under-painting and worked over it with glazes to build color variation and depth. While studying masterpieces by Fernand Khnopff, Franz Stuck, John William Waterhouse, and Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer, Peterson found not only inspiration for her methods but also for her subject matter. Her first solo exhibition is one that questions and subverts contemporary and historical depictions of women as cruel yet sensual.
Brett is the sole curator for both spaces, as well several satellite spaces in town: the VBar, the Blue Star, Locals, The Rabbit Hole, and the Colorado Springs Airport among them. Additionally, he teaches most of the classes that are held in the space, primarily in drawing and oil painting. In 2009, Brett founded The Modbo Collective, or modboco. Comprised of ten local artists, the collective meets frequently to discuss, critique, and brainstorm. As a whole, the artists are committed to changing the conversation about the feasibility of art as a career; they strive to paint with integrity and commitment, supporting each other in their endeavors and providing a safe but rigorous space. Although each Modbo Collective member espouses their own aesthetic, they are all narrative figurative painters, seeking to convey the sensual and connect to the viewer on an emotional and visceral level.
The galleries are always open on Friday evenings from 5:30 pm until at least 10 pm, but more often until midnight. Anyone seeking general information may reach us at 633-4240, email email@example.com, or go to our website at www.themodbo.com. Anyone specifically wishing to buy a piece of art should call Lauren directly at 650-2381.