Nancy Olivier
Medium: Painting

Studio Location:
Reis Studios - Studio# 403
43-01 22nd Street



Artist Bio:
Nancy moved to NYC in 1977 to pursue a career as an Abstract Painter. Her work has been shown at The Painting Center, Metaphor Contemporary Art, Robert Pardo, Kim Foster, White Columns, PS 122, Marymount Manhattan, and 55 Mercer. She has received grants from the Gottlieb Foundation, NYFA, ArtistsSpace, and fellowships at Manhattan Graphics Center, Yaddo, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, and Altos De Chavon. Her work is represented in both Public and Private collections. She lives and paints in Long Island City.

Artist Statement:
Using quotidian marks, patterns and shapes, my work is an abstract exploration of ways to reveal the connections of Art to Life. The actual production of my work, on wall or paper or wood, involves combining different types of drawing and lines; an automatist scribble; patterns overlaid and underneath; and bands and washes of color, both transparent and opaque. Multiple layers of marks create a depth-of-field in which the linear elements weave time and process; the "content" encompasses metaphors for physicality and memory. Working one layer of marks against the next, they are transformed through a history of process. Materials behave and signify according to their inherent qualities, reinforcing the dichotomy of controlled randomness, a "material metaphor".

All images and text copyright Nancy Olivier