Details:

This portrait is of the artist’s Aunt Ruthie (a non-biological aunt) and her grandson Naim. In this scene, “golden-hour” light bounces off the sitters’ hair and faces while their patterned shirts playfully rub against each other in a jumble of paint marks.
Unframed
Signed

① Artwork:

Aunt Ruthie

This portrait is of the artist’s Aunt Ruthie (a non-biological aunt) and her grandson Naim. In this scene, “golden-hour” light bounces off the sitters’ hair and faces while their patterned shirts playfully rub against each other in a jumble of paint marks. Ruthie used to work with the painter’s mother at one of her first jobs in the Bay Area and, therefore, to the artist, represents her family's rootedness there.

As a first-generation, Black American artist, Nimah Gobir documents how she creates relationships and cultivates community in her paintings. Her art presents past moments but also finds new life as Gobir unravels and recontextualizes their impact on who she is today. Several of her paintings employ embroidery and other traditional craft techniques, conveying a tenderness and affection that have always been intertwined with what is traditionally considered women’s work.

Specs:

24 inches
30 inches

③ Artist:

Nimah Gobir

As a first-generation, Black American artist, Nimah Gobir documents how she creates relationships and cultivates community in her paintings. Whether they’re of her partner in a sun-soaked room or her Nigerian mom holding her newly-born sister, Gobir’s portraits draw on memories that span decades. Her works present past moments but find new life as Gobir unravels and recontextualizes their impact on who she is today. Several of her paintings employ embroidery and other traditional craft techniques, conveying a tenderness and affection that have always been intertwined with what is traditionally women’s work for the family.

Nimah Gobir:
Aunt Ruthie, 2022
Oil on canvas
30.0 × 24.0 inches /