Nette Robinson has always veered towards creative pursuits including dance, music, writing and visual art. She studied Fine Art & Music at University College Chichester. After graduating in 2002, she followed her interest in jazz by enrolling onto a one year Jazz Diploma at the Chichester College.
Her visual art is been greatly influenced by her other passions and interests. When she developed a love of jazz in her late teens, she began drawing and painting jazz legends. This continued and became a great creative venture which led to many sales of works, commissions by both private and commercial clients. Her jazz portraits were exhibited at the Barbican Centre to coincide with the London Jazz Festival. They have also been shown at venues in London and across the UK.
Four years ago, Nette discovered and fell in love with chess. 2011 saw the beginnings of her next major creative project. She began painting portraits of chess Grandmasters and positions from famous games. Since this time, Nette has exhibited her work at major chess tournaments and at her solo exhibition in this year’s exhibition of chess-themed works in Art Galleries Europe, Mayfair.
She has sold a great number of chess paintings, including her portrait of GM Hikaru Nakamura to the man himself and has taken many commissions. Her work has been published and promoted in four chess magazines and has been used on numerous occasions to illustrate the GM Ray Keene’s chess column in The Times. She also has a selection of her limited edition prints for sale at the famous chess retailer Chess & Bridge, Baker Street.
Nette also teaches art. She has mentored GCSE and BTEC students, taught drawing and composition at adult education colleges, drawing and painting at the Virginia Lodge Centre for Mental Health as well giving art demonstrations and workshops for art clubs.
On the right is one of Nette's paintings used as the front cover for Chess magazine. Nette has contributed two articles about chess and art. To find out how to subscribe to Chess, click the link