The 38 images in this book were culled from 9 of my personal sketchbooks, completed between 1996 and 2005. The pages have been selected and paired to represent the dynamic of my work, and to show the dialogue between my figurative and abstract pieces. To date almost 100 sketchbooks have been filled since 1974. The role of the sketchbook in my creative process is described in an essay on page 35. A brief biography on page 39 provides an overview of my artistic experience.
Barbara Nessim is an internationally recognized fine artist, illustrator, and educator. Her distinct style has placed her art on the covers of Time, Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Frankfurter Allgemeine, and The Boston Globe. Nessim has created iconic ads for Levis and Ralph Lauren, among others. Nessim has moved seamlessly between the worlds of illustration and fine art, where she is in the permanent collections of The Smithsonian Institute, The Lunds Kunsthal in Sweden, and the Szepmuveszeti Museum in Budapest. In March of 2007 Nessim installed three large paintings in the lobby of Centria, located at 18 West 48th Street, opposite Rockefeller Plaza. Nessim has taught at the School of Visual Arts and The Pratt Institute, where she earned her BFA degree in 1960, and was Chairperson of Illustration at Parsons School of Design from 1992-2004. Nessim is working on many projects, including art commissions and a book of her art. For more information visit www.barbaranessim.com