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Having received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute, Nancy Wartella McFarland continued to spend many years studying the human form throughout her long international career as an illustrator, art director and photographer. Her artistic vision was shaped by her close proximity to the Abstract Expressionists in New York, including her studies with Jack Tworkov and James Brooks, her lengthy work with still-life composition and lighting, and the close collaboration with her husband and his parallel career in sculpture. This all added to her artistic imperative to create larger-than-life figure compositions which are bold yet sensuous, highlighting the subtleties and often-overlooked nuances and negative spaces of the human form. This is done with skilled classical rendering techniques and results in paintings that are elegant, not shy, and sometimes startling.
Nancy has recently received the 2019 Dagny Hultgreen Prize for Painting at the Greenwich Arts Society 102nd Annual Exhibition at the Bendheim Gallery. She works from her studio in Westport, Connecticut.
Nancy's exhibition, "The Nude Figure as Abstraction," opens with a reception at the Greenwich Art Society's galleries on Thursday Feb. 6, 6-8pm., and runs through Feb. 28.
Painting is the culmination of my life of image making. It alone is the ultimate gratification that comes from the sheer joy of directly applying soft, buttery oil paint to a beautifully textured surface in order to present new views of our common bodies’ landscapes—by coming in close to the exquisite interstices, large and small, within the surfaces of the figure; those we hardly notice, but that exist in all humans, and then to discover the magnificent geometry, design, surface texture, varying light dynamics and surprise abstract shapes. This visual joy is what I aim to convey to the viewer of my paintings.
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