Friday, September 30, 2016

Contemporary realist master Nancy Depew

Nancy Depew (American, b. 1955)
Open, 2016
oil on canvas, 40 x 40 in.
Contemporary artist Nancy Depew masterfully combines traditional realist technique with a modern approach to subject, resulting in vivid and provocative works.  Each delicate petal of a flower reveals itself as it is vibrantly illuminated against the deep background. This approach to composition is used in many of Depew’s works, allowing the artist and viewer to explore the intricate beauty and play of light on a single flower. 

Depew studied at Lycoming College in Pennsylvania, and went on to receive her MFA from the University at Albany, State University of New York.  She has been honored with fellowships in her home state from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, as well as the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation Inc.  Depew has been exhibiting her work in galleries, museums, and art fairs throughout the US over the last several decades, while also teaching studio art and art history at art schools, museums, and other arts institutions.

Depew says of her artwork: “I do not know what the finished painting will look like when I begin. I start with a gesture. It is a visual idea, an intuitive idea, not a verbal or rational one. I am not interested in documenting reality. I make three-dimensionally believable images, but I never think of them as ‘real.’  I am more interested in investigating the intuitive aspect of a subject. I dig into the nature of experience.”
Open is priced at $19,000 
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