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Nancy Chan

1982 Oakland, CA
1982-present: Oakland, CA
2006: BFA with High Distinction, California College of Arts, San Francisco, CA
Selected Work:
Annie and Michael V (series of 5), 2007, sumi ink on Arches watercolor paper, 22 x 15 in.
Kady (series of 4), 2006, sumi ink on cotton rag paper, 9 x 18 in.
Mary Anne (triptych), 2005, sumi ink on Arches watercolor paper, 9 x 12 in.
Artist Bibliography:
Artweek (Nov. 7, 2007)
Bielsik, Lisa. “Ink on Paper.” Niche, issue 3. 2009.
New American Paintings, no. 91(Pacific Coast Edition.) Dec. 10- Jan. 11.
Inspired by the individual, Nancy Chan paints wonderfully intimate portraits of a figure alone or in the unobserved company of another. She focuses on the space they occupy and the nuanced expression of sentiment through her attention to detail. Her paintings, primarily in calligraphy brush and sumi ink, depict friends and family members and explore the relationships between figures and their surroundings by taking people out of their inanimate world so that we may give them the full attention they deserve. Chan’s images capture the movement of a limb shift, a crease in a sleeve or a gentle turn of the body through observation and memories revisited. Black and white dominate Chan’s palette and she expresses that, “I don't feel I've exhausted all of the values that can come out of a pot of black and a pot of clear.”
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