Special event

Past Event

A workshop presented as part of the exhibition Conditions de fluidité by Barbara Nessim.

From 2 PM to 5 PM
Free admission, reservations mandatory.

As part of the Phi Centre’s new exhibition, we’re inviting the public to attend a special drawing session inspired by the techniques and tools of American artist, designer, and illustrator Barbara Nessim. The workshop will be animated by the Phi Centre team.

You don’t need to be good at drawing to attend—all you need is the desire to unplug from the outside world and let your unconscious frolic. The goal is for attendees to reconnect with their inner child and unlock their creative genius. This is more than a simple aesthetic exercise—attendees will let their thoughts, feelings, and hidden desires guide their pencils.

Sketchbook as diary

Attendees will draw inspiration from Barbara Nessim’s work and employ her meticulous techniques to fill up their sketchbooks. Come let your inner-self run wild over the ten blank pages of your sketchbook and learn how to draw what you’re thinking and reflect on your most cherished memories.

Please note that the workshop will be bilingual, and that the event will be filmed. The artiste will not be present. 

Barbara Nessim

Inspired and fuelled by the fever and energy of her native New York City, Barbara Nessim studied art at the Pratt Institute School of Art at a time when women were struggling to carve out a place in the industry and make their mark through advertising. A far cry from abstract expressionism, the flagship movement in the United States at the time, Barbara Nessim’s work favoured a narrative, symbolic approach dominated by female figures—somewhat unsurprisngly, considering the artist shared an apartment with the feminist journalist Gloria Steinem. Over time, she tapped into her own audacious vision to become an influential illustrator, straddling the boundary of fine and commercial art.

The bold lines, striking colours and powerful sensuality of Barbara Nessim’s work soon caught the eye of some impressive American publications. Flagship magazines like Time, Rolling Stone, Vogue, Redbook and Harper’s Bazaar came knocking at her door for illustrations and portraits of such prominent icons as Joni Mitchell, David Bowie et John Lennon, which often graced the cover. At the same time, she created a number of iconic album covers and nurtured a passion for fashion through shoe and textile design. In 1980, she embraced the potential of computers for art making, which were considered by many to be a fleeting fad. As a result, she became one of the pioneers of this new form of artistic expression.

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