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Prinston Nnanna

New York Academy of Art

‘’L’attente’’ (The Wait)
charcoal on hand toned paper


Tell us about the work that you have submitted.

It is a conversation in which classical and contemporary art meet; colonization becomes the topic along the way.

How do you describe your work and practice?

My works depict the elegance of the Black figure at the same time as reconstructing the image in which society has painted people of color. Through the eyes of my ancestors, I create what “was and will be.”

What motivated you to apply to the XL Catlin Art Prize?

I like the fact that it is a traveling exhibition. I saw this as an opportunity for my work to reach people far and beyond.

How do you approach a new work?

First by thought and finding out just what I want to say. Then a few preliminary studies to depict how I want to say it. The coffee washes that I use can be somewhat illusive at times. I allow it to flow and do what it wants, and then when it dries, I have full control to do what I want.

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