Artwork of the Day: Recontre RER 02/09/1999, Cindy Nikolic
French painter Cindy Nikolic’s love of portraits led naturally to the series “Rencontres 1999-2010” or “Feeling at First Sight”. Born from sketches of strangers Cindy met at dinners, in restaurants — or, in the case of “Rencontre RER 02/09/1999,” on trains — the series investigates the singular emotion unique to that meeting, and to the impression the subject made on her at first sight.
For Cindy, sketches are a form of note-taking, a short-hand that encodes and encapsulates the moment and its emotional impact. Revisiting the sketches in translating them to the finished painting, enlarged and colored painting, involves another reading of that initial encounter. Cindy’s portraits invite the viewer to transcend the art object and understand the subject — to experience the emotional impact that subject made upon the artist.
After studying in the Parisian art school École Boulle, Cindy exhibited for the first time in 2002 with a series on couples. Honing her technique, she created her own paint blends to achieve new colors and textures, as well as experimenting with a range of canvas sizes, dimensions and setups. She followed the French musical group “Le Cirque des Mirages” in 2006, creating sketches that resulted in a 20-painting exhibition that opened in a 2009 concert with the band.