By Myriam Dimanche
Having had very little exposure to French visual artist Nicholle Kobi’s artwork, I was eager to learn more once I heard that she would be hosting a pop-up gallery in Montreal, on Saturday, February 24th.
Once inside, I was greeted by beautiful paintings and drawings, all of which centered on the majestic black woman in all her forms – from confident and resplendent in a ball gown for a night out, to cozying up next to her boo, relaxing together while sipping a martini.
A comment the patrons of this event repeatedly made during the Q&A session, moderated by Mlle Geri, was the satisfaction and pride evoked by the art because the women could finally see themselves. They were represented. They were mirrored. And at last, they were seen for who they really were: multi-faceted and complex, but continually strong and beautiful.
The pieces were at once classic, holding a timeless quality that transcended the restraints of being contemporary – and modern, in capturing black women using technology and placing them in settings reflecting those you’d find yourself in today: on your bed with a laptop in hand, sipping your coffee and working that online hustle.
Below are some of the prints that were displayed, and others which are available in her online shop: www.nichollekobi.com.