Nell Blaine

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Nell Blair Walden Blaine (July 10, 1922 Richmond, Virginia – November 14, 1996 New York City) was an American landscape painter and watercolorist.[1]


Blaine studied at the Richmond School of Art and moved to New York City in 1942 to study painting with Hans Hofmann. In 1943, she was the youngest member of the American Abstract Artists group. In 1945, she studied with Stanley William Hayter at Atelier 17.

She showed at the Tibor de Nagy Gallery starting in 1953.

Blaine contracted polio in 1959 on Mykonos Island[2] and used a wheelchair the rest of her life, but rehabilitated the use of her hands to paint.

In 1980, Blaine was elected into the National Academy of Design as an Associate member, and became a full member in 1982. Her papers are held at Harvard University.[3]

In 1986, Blaine received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Women's Caucus for Art. [4]



  • "Nell Blaine: Image and Abstraction, Paintings and Drawings 1944-1959," Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York
  • "Nell Blaine: Selected Works," Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York
  • "Artist in the World: Work from the 1950s," Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York[6]
  • "Nell Blaine: Abstract Paintings and Works on Paper," Valerie Carberry Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • "Nell Blaine/ Theresa Pollak," Reynolds Gallery, Richmond, VA



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