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Art Watch : Nancy Depew

Nancy Depew is our Art Watch Artist for today. This section is brought to you by Art From Us and Divvya Nirula. The Artists we spotlight here can be from any field, across any discipline, and using a variety of media. We share here why we think they are important and worth watching. Be it genius creators of eras gone by. Or the upcoming contemporary artist who is yet to have their first show. All come under the purview of Art Watch.

Depew’s realistic depictions of the human form amidst romantic settings of lilies and other blooms are surprisingly more faerie kingdom vibe. There is an untouchable and otherworldly quality about her still life’s as well. But mostly there is a richness in what she depicts. This makes it almost impossible to imagine that it is a painting. Her representation of flowers and the her play on light are simply remarkable studies.

Depew says  – “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.”

Why Nancy Depew?

An American artist, Nancy Depew was born in 1955. 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 honoured 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 held exhibitions for her prolific works in galleries, museums, and art fairs throughout the US over the last several decades. While also teaching studio art and art history at schools, museums, and other art institutions.

Nancy is mostly famous for her highly realized figurative paintings and drawings. These combine traditional painting techniques with more contemporary approaches. She has been awarded painting fellowships from the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation in 1986. And from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts in 1987 and again in 2004.

Nancy Depew has been devoted to representational painting and drawing since early childhood, much before her formal training. She always wanted to pursue the figurative work she had begun. Her quest led her to graduate studies at the University of Albany, The State University of New York and in 1985, she received a Master of Fine Arts in Painting.

Devoted to sharing her craft and technique, Nancy has held teaching positions at the Savannah College of Art and Design, the duCret School of the Arts, and Monmouth University, apart from a host of guest lectureships that she has undertaken.


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