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NANCY DEPEW

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.

Education

  • M.F.A., University at Albany, State University of New York, 1985
  • B.A., Lycoming College, Williamsport, PA, 1977

Painting Fellowships

  • New Jersey State Council on the Arts, 2004
  • New Jersey State Council on the Arts, 198
  • Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, Inc., 1986

Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • Sirona Fine Art, Hallandale Beach, FL, 2016
  • Haynes Galleries, Nashville, TN, 2015
  • Haynes Galleries, Thomaston, ME, 2014
  • Noyes Museum of Art, Oceanville, NJ, 2011
  • William Baczek Fine Arts, Northampton, MA, 2008
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University, Hackensack, NJ, 2002
  • Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ, 1999
  • Richard Stockton College, Pomona, NJ, 1998
  • David Adamson Gallery, Washington, DC, 1990
  • Aurora Gallery, Closter, NJ, 1988
  • Exhibit A Gallery, Savannah, GA, 1987
  • Robeson Center Gallery, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ, 1987
  • Lycoming College Art Gallery, Lycoming College, Williamsport, PA, 1986

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • Annual Small Works Online Exhibition, Cavalier Galleries, New York, NY, 2015
  • Five and Under, Arcadia Contemporary, New York, NY, 2015
  • Celebrating Women Artists, Arcadia Contemporary, New York, NY, 2015
  • A Treasure Trove of Real Art, Haynes Galleries, Nashville, TN, 2014
  • The American Landscape, Haynes Galleries, Nashville, TN, 2014
  • Contemporary Realism Biennial, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN, 2014
  • Five and Under , Arcadia Contemporary, New York, NY, 2014
  • Summer Selections , Arcadia Contemporary, New York, NY, 2014
  • Celebrating the Portrait as Timeless Art, Haynes Galleries, Thomaston, ME, 2014
  • Celebrating the Portrait as Art, Haynes Galleries, Nashville, TN, 2014
  • Group Exhibition, Arcadia Contemporary, New York, NY, 2014
  • The Landscape: Views and Variations, Haynes Galleries, Nashville, TN, 2014
  • The Still Life: Mundane To The Sublime, Haynes Galleries, Nashville, TN, 2014
  • Inaugural Small Works Exhibition, Arcadia Contemporary, New York, NY, 2013
  • Avenue Antique, Art & Design Shows, Park Avenue Armory, Arcadia Contemporary, NY, NY, 2013
  • Women Painting Women, Gallery U, Westfield, NJ, 2013
  • Summer Group Exhibition, Arcadia Fine Arts, New York, NY, 2013
  • Ordinary Objects: Extraordinary Still Lifes, Haynes Galleries, Nashville, TN, 2013
  • Small Things, Haynes Galleries, Nashville, TN, 2012 - 2013
  • International Still Life Exhibition, Arcadia Gallery, Four Seasons Hotel, New York, NY, 2012
  • Sur-Realism, Arcadia Fine Arts, New York, NY, 2012
  • Arcadia Gallery, Four Seasons Hotel, 57 East 57th St, New York, NY, 2012
  • Annual Small Works Exhibition, Arcadia Fine Arts, New York, NY, 2011
  • The Art of the Still Life, Haynes Galleries, Thomaston, ME, 2011
  • Flora Abunda, Arcadia Fine Arts, New York, NY, 2011
  • Contemporary Still Life Paintings, Spanierman Gallery LLC, New York, NY, 2011
  • Annual Small Works Exhibition, Arcadia Fine Arts, New York, NY, 2010
  • "It's the Real Thing", Bowersock Gallery, Provincetown, MA, 2010
  • Summer Salon Exhibition, Arcadia Fine Arts, New York, NY, 2010
  • Botanica, Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ, 2010
  • Winter Group Exhibition, Arcadia Fine Arts, New York, NY, 2010
  • Mikhail Zakin Gallery, Demarest, NJ, 2010
  • Arcadia Fine Arts, New York, NY, 2009
  • Nexus, Arts Guild of New Jersey, Rahway, NJ 2009
  • Arcadia Fine Arts, New York, NY, 2008
  • Arcadia Fine Arts, New York, NY, 2007
  • Modern and Contemporary Selections, Spanierman Gallery at East Hampton, NY, 2007
  • Art for the New Collector V, Spanierman Gallery at East Hampton, NY, 2007
  • Art Connections 3, The George Segal Gallery, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ, 2006
  • Art for the New Collector V, Spanierman Gallery LLC, New York, NY, 2006
  • New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship Exhibition, NJ State Museum, Trenton, NJ, 2006
  • Spanierman Gallery, New York, NY, 2005
  • Spanierman Gallery, New York, NY, 2004
  • Re-Presenting Representation VI, Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY, 2003
  • Spanierman Gallery, New York, NY, 2003
  • Spanierman Gallery, New York, NY, 2002
  • NJ Fine Arts Annual, New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ, 1999
  • NJ Fine Arts Annual, Montclair Art Museum, 1998
  • Ice House Gallery, Monmouth University, 1998
  • Figure and Symbol, Marymount Manhattan College, New York, NY, 1996
  • Dealer's Choice, Art Initiatives, New York, NY, 1996
  • Rabbet Gallery, New Brunswick, NJ, 1996
  • Francesca Anderson Fine Art, Lexington, MA, 1996
  • Maximum Capacity, Art Initiatives, New York, NY, 1995
  • Salon, Art Initiatives, New York, NY, 1994
  • David Adamson Gallery, Washington, DC, 1993
  • Black & White, Montgomery College, Takoma Park, MD, 1992
  • Waterside Art Studios, Stamford, CT, 1992
  • Social Stigmas, Art Initiatives, New York, NY, 1992
  • New Directions '91, Barrett House Galleries, Poughkeepsie, NY, 1991
  • David Adamson Gallery, Washington, DC, 1989
  • Lycoming College, Williamsport, PA, 1989
  • New Jersey Center for the Visual Arts, Summit, NJ, 1989
  • Figurative Inquiry, Artworks, Trenton, NJ, 1988
  • Visual Arts '88, Merck and Co., Inc., Rahway, NJ, 1988
  • NJSCA Fellowship Exhibition, Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, NJ, 1988
  • DeKalb Council for the Arts Invitational, Decatur, GA, 1988
  • New Talent New Jersey, Princeton Gallery of Fine Art, Princeton, NJ, 1987
  • Pindar National, Pindar Gallery, New York, NY, 1987
  • Tweed Gallery, Plainfield, NJ, 1987
  • Summit Art Center, Summit, NJ, 1986
  • Small Works, Zaner Gallery, Rochester, NY, 1985
  • Surrealism in the 80's, Tweed Gallery, Plainfield, NJ, 1987
  • B&S Gallery, Williamsport, PA, 1984

Teaching Experience

  • Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ, 1997
  • duCret School of the Arts, Plainfield, NJ, 1985-87, 1988-89, 2001
  • Savannah College of Art & Design, Savannah, GA, 1987-88
  • State University of New York at Albany, TA, 1983, 1984
  • Lycoming College, Williamsport, PA, 1981

Presentations/Lectures

  • Commencement Address, duCret School of the Arts, Plainfield, NJ, 2002
  • Mastering Identity, lecture presented to the Docent Association of The Art Museum, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, 2000
  • Visiting artist gallery talk presented to general public, students and faculty, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Pomona, NJ, 1998
  • Searching for Meaning, lecture presented to the Docent Association of The Art Museum, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, 1997
  • The Evolution of Painting Techniques, lecture presented to the Docent Association of The Art Museum, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, 1996
  • The Figurative Impulse, gallery talk, The Art Museum, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, 1994
  • The Figurative Impulse, lecture presented to the Docent Association of The Art Museum, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, 1993
  • Polarities in Art Making, lecture presented to the Docent Association of The Art Museum, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, 1992
  • Visiting artist slide presentation/lecture to students and faculty, Department of Art, Lycoming College, Williamsport, PA, 1992
  • Focus on Painting, presentation/lecture to general public, students and faculty, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA, 1988
  • Artist in Residence, Art Goes Public Program, (Sponsored by the Artist's League of Central New Jersey), South Brunswick Public Library, South Brunswick, NJ and Jane Vorhees Zimmerli Museum, New Brunswick, NJ, 1987

Selected Bibliography

  • Back to the (High Tech) Garden,: Nancy Depew strikes a balance between design and chance in her figure and flora paintings, Louise B. Hafesh, The Artist's Magazine, September 2014
  • Quixotic efforts, Digging into the Nature of Experience, Nancy Depew, Artists on Art, 2012
  • Art: at Noyes, Edward Sozanski, Philadelphia Inquirer, July 24, 2011
  • Big art, small canvas, Arcadia Fine Arts, American Art Collector Magazine, September 2010
  • Rarified Air, John O’Hern, American Art Collector Magazine, July 2007
  • Luring Art’s Key Audience, Eric Ernst, South Hampton Press, Jan. 4, 2007
  • Art for the New Collector, Hamptons.com, October 3, 2006
  • Lines and Colors Web Blog, Charlie Parker, Feb. 28, 2006
  • U. S. 1, Pat Summers, Aug. 11, 1999
  • The New York Times, Barry Schwabsky, Aug. 1, 1999
  • The Press, Atlantic City, NJ, Bett Norcross McCoy, Nov. 1, 1998
  • Washington Post, Lee Fleming, Dec. 4, 1993
  • Washington Post, Michael Welzenbach, Oct. 6, 1990
  • Washington Times, Eric Gibson, Oct. 4, 1990
  • Princeton Packet, Dec. 22, 1988
  • Times, Philadelphia, PA, Maia Wechsler, Dec. 11, 1988
  • Star Ledger, Dec. 7, 1988
  • Star Ledger, Eileen Watkins, Oct. 14, 1988
  • Courier-News, Emanuel Haller, Sept. 25, 1988
  • Princeton Packet, Estelle Sinclair, July 29, 1987
  • New York Times, Vivian Raynor, Sept. 15, 1985
  • Star Ledger, Eileen Watkins, Sept. 29, 1985
  • Times Union, Albany, NY, Ken Johnson, April 21, 1985