21 Under 31: Young Artists to Watch in 2019: Nina Ulett


Nina Ulett, While It’s Spring, oil, 20 x 16.

Nina Ulett, While It’s Spring, oil, 20 x 16.

Art Education: Bachelor of Fine Arts from Laguna College of Art + Design.
Style: I am primarily a figurative and portrait painter, but I also enjoy landscape. My work often combines landscape and portraiture by layering images.
Creative Spark: Looking at other artists’ work always inspires me, whether it’s going to museums and galleries, watching films, listening to music, reading, or looking at fashion, photography, and design.
Second-Choice Career: Writer. Either a journalist or a fiction author like my mom.
Other Passions: I’m a big animation fan. I love Hayao Miyazaki films, but really any artfully made two-dimensional animation has my heart.
One Thing People Don’t Know About You: I was almost named Margaret, after my mom’s favorite cat.
Best Advice Received: From Hope Railey, the chair of fine arts at LCAD; in so many words, she told me to be patient with myself. I think many artists want everything to happen all at once, but the fact is that you have the whole rest of your life to make artwork.
Favorite Work by Another Artist: Anything by Vincent Desiderio. My favorite deceased artists are Alphonse Mucha, Gustav Klimt, John Singer Sargent, and Joaquín Sorolla. A couple of years ago I was at the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia. I remember rounding a corner to see Sorolla’s SEWING THE SAIL and nearly crying.
Future Goals: I’d like to eventually get my master’s degree and be able to teach at the college level.
Price Range: $50 to $1,500.
Representation: www.ninaulett.com.

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