Nancy Depew’s solo exhibition at Sirona Fine Art is entitled “The Beautiful World”, because that is precisely what she paints, a Nancy Depew planet of heightened, polished and glowing natural perfection. Nancy’s work is a premier example of those who paint realism can achieve: not work that seems heavy or leaden with the months it takes to make one image, nor work that elicits a sense of awe of the painter’s masterful skills. When you look close at the tiny petals of just one flower in just one small section of her work, you see light, shadow and reflected colors of that object in even a fraction of an inch of surface. This meticulous and flawless approach to making an image reminds of just how beautiful the real world can be, a world that all of us can glimpse by quiet observation and that Depew captures, holds and fills with an inner illumination and transcendent color. Often I hear viewers comment that her work looks “so real”, but they are missing the point of what Nancy Depew creates…this is not The Real World, this is The Beautiful World. A native of New Jersey, Nancy should prove a shining example of “The Garden State”. Flowers that she has grown, cared for and imbued with a distinct living presence often inspire the floral works. With over 80 exhibitions around the country, we are honored to host Depew’s first exhibition in our Florida gallery on Saturday February 6th, 2016.
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.