Nina Chanel Abney, a Chicago native, blends representation and abstraction in her artwork. This helps to keep up with the pace of contemporary culture. Abney isn’t one to shy away when it comes to talking about race, celebrity, religion, politics, sex, and art history. Her work makes use of symbols and bright colors in order to make it easier for people to connect with it and make their own interpretations, relying on both playfulness and seriousness.
The 36-year-old artist cited her fondness of the “Peanuts” television shows, especially “Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown”, as a child as a contributing factor in her joining the “Peanuts Global Artist Collective” project. She sees the project as an opportunity to filter “Peanuts” through her own creative point of view. “In addition to watching ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ every year for pretty much my entire childhood, my favorite memory of Peanuts is my mom buying me a Snoopy sheet set for my bed,” recalls Abney.