Nina Simone was an American singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger and one of the leading voices of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, imbuing her lyrics and performances with civil rights messages. Her life was troubled, particularly in her later years, by poverty and a bipolar diagnosis. In painting her, we do not just recognise a true trailblazing woman, we look at the faces of so many women who deal with these issues on a daily basis.
About the artist:
Born in San Sebastian, Spain, Iturri has found recognition in many national and international competitions, including as a finalist in the 2009 Arthur Guy Memorial Prize and a semifinalist in the 2013 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize. With artworks held in private and public spaces across Europe and Australia, Iturri's work is a metaphysical exploration of the complicated kaleidoscope of the human being. With an emphasis on multiple forms and colour, she aims to find a balance between figurative and abstraction with recognition that both are attributes of nature - fractals that are indivisible parts of the whole.