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Nell Blaine papers, 1942-1985

Biographical Note

Nell Blaine (1922-1996) was a painter and illustrator from Richmond, Virginia, and was active in New York City.
Blaine was born in 1922 with severe visual impairments. She received corrective surgery as a child and quickly found a desire to draw and paint what she was finally able to see. Her art education began at the Richmond School of Art and later moved to New York City where she studied under Hans Hoffmann and joined the American Abstract Artists.
In the 1950s, Blaine moved to Paris where she lived with close friends including Larry Rivers. Blaine's early work was abstract, and later evolved to figurative and landscape painting--likely inspired by the 19th century painters of Europe. She was a close friend of poet and art writer Howard Griffin, and illustrated a limited edition of his Four Poems.
Nell Blaine died in 1996 in New York City. She was survived by her partner of thirty years, artist Carolyn Harris.