NImah Gobir

Nimah Gobir (b. 1993 in Los Angeles, CA) is an artist and educator based in Oakland, California. Through paintings and installations, her work primarily explores the nuances and shared experiences of being Black. She draws on text and photo references collected from both family and personal archives. Gobir completed her undergraduate studies at Chapman University with a B.F.A. in Studio Art and B.A. in Peace Studies. She has an M.Ed from Harvard Graduate School of Education with a focus in Arts in Education. In 2020, she completed a fellowship with Emerging Artist Professionals SF-Bay Area. She has shown work at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, SOMArts, The Growlery (San Francisco), Root Division (San Francisco) where she was awarded the Blau-Gold Studio/Teaching fellowship, and Johansson Projects (Oakland).

These works are Gobir’s most recent, created in 2022. Four of them are available on David Zwirner Platform Jan 5 – Feb 5, 2023. Inquire for more information.

Aunt Ruthie (2022), Oil on canvas, 30" x 24" x 1.5"
Cole Ave 2 (2022), Oil on canvas, 18" x 24" x 1"

Nimah Gobir

“In her figurative depictions, Gobir mines the hundreds of colors of Black skin, while incorporating the use of embroidery to add brightness and vibrancy with thread. With visible brush strokes and hand stitching, the viewer is reminded by the artist that each piece is intimately and deliberately handmade. These embellishments lend a sense of tenderness, a ‘cozy domesticity’ to her pieces.”

-Mary Corbin for 48hills.com

Fresh Kid N & Fresh Kid L, Oil paint, fabric and embroidery thread on canvas, 40" x 24"
Party Hats (2022), Oil paint and embroidery string on canvas, 16" x 30" x 1"

“Being an artist is one of the ways I can be close to magic every day.”

Chico State (2022), Oil paint, fabric, and embroidery thread on canvas, 32" x 27"

“Nimah’s artwork transcends space and reality by picking you up and placing you in a moment; a memory. Each piece in this collection is a captivating combination of precise brush strokes, soothing color palettes, and skillfully stitched thread; all weaved together to tell a familiar story— Perhaps a childhood memory long forgotten and playfully awakened, or the warmth of being loved by someone you care for. As a fellow young black girl, when I look at her work I see more than representation: I see a true mirror of my own experiences, familial roots, and childhood joy. Nimah’s tireless dedication to her work and developing her craft is a testament to her strength and creative abilities.”

Bridgette Wilkerson

Video short by Jaminh Alcorn (IG @woozygoldie) in collaboration with Johansson Projects

“A lot of it [my art practice] is processing; processing our past and what things were like for my parents when they were my age. Everything that I deal with in my paintings involves family and the home, so it does feel like this really cozy process. Just like my parents raising me seemed to be like a labor of love, and making our way is kind of this loving act.”

-Nimah Gobir

Paradise and Lake (2022), Oil on canvas, 20" x 29" x 1"

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