Generations of Brooklyn

October 12, 2004 - November 28, 2004
Central Library, 2nd floor Balcony Cases
Generations of Brooklyn

Drawings, Artist Books and Stories by Nina Talbot

BPL Exhibition, Nina TalbotNina Talbot is a painter and arts educator whose work has been exhibited widely in New York City. She lives and works in Flatbush, Brooklyn. Contact Nina Talbot at



Artist Statement

This is a series of ten oil portrait paintings and smaller works on paper representing multi-generational families from Brooklyn’s various ethnic groups. The exhibit includes selected drawings and artist books. The histories of my subjects enter into the paintings. I have interviewed my subjects and intertwined their histories into the backgrounds of their portraits.

The subjects and their families are Pakistani, Haitian, Puerto Rican, Hungarian, Guyanese, African-American, Chinese, Japanese, Polish and Czech. The selection of these families was an organic process involving people I already knew whose lives fascinated me because of how their personal lives intersected with history, and how that history affects who they are today.