Art for Soul with Nina Cosford

The contemporary illustrator takes inspiration from an early photo of Frida Kahlo

By Google Arts & Culture

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From working on the hit HBO series Girls to ammassing a loyal and international base of fans and admirers, Nina Cosford's career has confirmed her position as an illustrator at the forefront of contemporary image-making.

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From her studio in the South East of England, Nina produces iconic portraits of the women who inspire her, such as Jane Austen and Coco Chanel, as well as illustrations for films, pocket guides to New York or the Lake District, and much more.

Frida Kahlo as a student (1926) by Guillermo KahloMuseo Casa Estudio Diego Rivera y Frida Kahlo

One figure who offers inspiration to Nina's work is the Mexican painter, Frida Kahlo. As part of the Art for Soul project, Nina chose this photograph from the collection of the Museo Casa Estudio Diego Rivera y Frida Kahlo as a particularly powerful depiction.


“I love this photograph of a young Frida Kahlo, taken by her Dad in 1926,” she says. “You can already tell she was going to go on to do amazing things by the look of determination in her eyes. It inspires me because, despite all the adversity life threw at her, she threw back and put everything into creating honest art and making her life beautiful.”

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Take a deeper dive into the life and work of Frida Kahlo with Faces of Frida.

Or explore the relationship between culture, inspiration, and exploration with Once Upon a Try.

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