450 Harrison Ave. Studio 224
Boston, MA 02118
Nedret Andre is a fine artist whose abstract landscape paintings are inspired by the sensations of life within seagrass beds; the color, the energy, and the interconnectedness of species. She is fascinated by all the different types of marine species and how they coalesce in their rich ecosystems. Through her research, volunteer work, and collaborations with marine ecologists, Nedret brings to light the critical role seagrass plays as a vital part of the marine ecosystem. From capturing carbon to storing carbon and providing storm protection, seagrass offers a hideout for baby scallops to rest while they mature.
In her landscape painting, she represents the idea of seagrass being a place of coming together. She does this by working in layers and contrasting the drawn elements with flat areas of color. All her paintings have a tactile quality represented by surfaces that fade in and out. Thickly applied paint areas are contrasted by diluted paint. These tactile experiences are akin to how Nedret experiences the seagrass meadows when she volunteers during restoration projects.
She paints gestural abstractions that fuse bold marks and unusual color combinations, as bright pinks lay softly in the underpainting, cooler flat paint sits on the surface of the canvas, as linear elements of seagrass and vegetation move the viewer from one area to the next. Her charcoal line is its own entity. Nedret allows traces of previous marks and colors to show through. She begins each painting with thin washes of diluted oil colors. She then lets them dry, and like watercolor, she layers the next set of colors.
“I paint the atmosphere, light, the beauty of life, and loss of these delicate ecosystems. My paintings are a “documentation” of these fast declining habitats. Through my art, I hope to bring about greater awareness and appreciation for the protection of fragile seagrass meadows.”
“Water” depicts seagrass on the surface of the ocean. “The seagrass meadow was at full height and making all sorts of swirling s-shaped patterns on the surface of the water at 5:30 in the morning,” says Nedret. “It’s an abstraction inspired by my memory of volunteering in Gloucester.”
“Water” captures the energy of early morning light-shimmers of white light bouncing off of the water’s surface as it mixes with the green of the eelgrass. In this painting, Nedret wanted to capture the fresh morning feel of being in an eelgrass meadow. She created the suggestion of green seagrass but used different colors to have them optically mix to suggest the beautiful blades.
“We are losing two football fields of eelgrass every hour. This means less oxygen, less shoreline protection, less food for marine animals, and less protein for us,” says Nedret. “The future of our seagrass habitats depends on how we protect and take care of our oceans.”
Seagrass brings with it so many ecosystem benefits; sequestering CO2, coastal flood protection, and being home to many marine animals. Nedret will continue to champion the interconnectedness between plant, animal, and human life and explore the richness and beauty of oceans and seagrass meadows in her work.
Nedret’s solo shows have included: Beacon Gallery, Chashama Spaces NY, Copley Square Hotel’s Art Square Gallery, Enso Gallery, FP3 Gallery, Hess Gallery, Artlery, Boston University, Stetson Gallery, and Touch Gallery. Her group shows have included: Monmouth Museum, Danforth Museum, Walsingham Gallery, Carole Calo Gallery, Soprafina Gallery, Kingston Gallery, and Piano Craft Gallery.
Her works are in collections in the US, Switzerland, Egypt, France, Germany, Turkey, and England. She is represented by Beacon Gallery, Boston, Sara Nightingale Gallery, NY, and Alpers Gallery, Rockport, MA.
In addition, her paintings have been acquired by Mount Auburn Hospital, Cape Cod Hospital, and Danvers Bank and are included in the deCordova Museum Corporate Art Loan Program. Several of her paintings are in a Public Arts Collection, including Lasell Village and Sunrise Senior Living in Newton, MA.
Nedret’s paintings have also been reviewed in Art New England and ArtScope Magazine. Several of her paintings are also featured in “Out of the Blue,” a UN Environmental Program focused on seagrass.