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Nancy Van Deren monotype Algiers

Nancy Van Deren
Abstract Painter

CREATIVE PROCESS visits Nancy Van Deren in her Northside (Brooklyn) studio.

Editor's Note: This studio visit was conducted in 2002 before Nancy Van Deren moved her workspace to Columbia County. Images of her past and more recent paintings and prints are included in this photo-interview.

VAN DEREN: In my painting, I use landscape and nature as a point of departure.

Framed Monotype--2005

VAN DEREN: The abstract painting on the far left, entitled Upstate Spring, and this landscape watercolor are the same subject.

Upstate Spring (far left)
Van Deren with Landscape Watercolor (left)
VAN DEREN: While I may begin a painting with a specific reference, the particulars tend to be lost as I let the painting follow whatever path it needs to take.

Nancy Van Deren  watercolor sequence

VAN DEREN: I pinned this series of watercolors to my studio wall to remind myself not to control the process too tightly--to let the space change and to allow the painting to develop its own structure.

Sequence of Watercolors in Van Deren's Studio
VAN DEREN: My work suggests the sensation of landscape or nature. I admire Helen Frankenthaler whose abstract paintings are considered to have a loosely landscape quality.

Nancy Van Deren watercolor Creamsicle

VAN DEREN: My art has always been concerned with how one recognizes space and shapes. During the period that I worked at the Noguchi Museum, I sometimes gave tours to the blind. I would try to verbally duplicate the experience of seeing an object. To do this, I described what draws the eye first.

Landscape-inspired Van Deren watercolor
VAN DEREN: The convention of landscape painting has a horizon with a progression of space from front to back in the painting. This structure allows the eye to recognize space and shapes easily.

Nancy Van Deren monoprint New Moon
Detail of New Moon
VAN DEREN: I've looked at 19th century paintings--Hudson River School landscapes--for their tonalities and massing of color.

Nancy Van Deren gouache 
on gessoed panelNancy Van Deren gouache 
on gessoed panel

VAN DEREN: From the late 90's until last fall (autumn 2001) I worked on a series of paintings with ovals--ovoid or birdlike shapes. I did a whole series of work exploring the idea extensively. Most of the series were painted on small panels; I felt compelled to organize the space very tightly.

Small Panel Paintings
Shoots & Oxbows (left)
Falling Notes (right)
Gouache on Gessoed Panel
VAN DEREN: What attracted me to the gessoed panels was their scale and their very sharp edges--they feel like they are framed already. I liked the containment of the small pieces.

VAN DEREN: I worked on some panels for months and months. Using gouache--a fairly unstable medium--I removed color and excavated images--sometimes letting the pentimenti come through.

Nancy Van Deren painting on canvas Pace Pond

Pace Pond
Oil on Canvas--2001
VAN DEREN: Eventually, I moved from the small panels to larger canvases. These canvases seem to be the end of this series.

VAN DEREN: I started in art as a sculptor, mostly because the painting teacher wanted us to paint in thick impasto. (Van Deren cringes.) As a painter, I'm mostly self-taught which is a bit unusual considering I taught painting at Berkeley and later at RIS-D.

Nancy Van Deren painting Pumpkin Fields
Pumpkin Fields
Oil on Canvas --2001
VAN DEREN: I like to look at photography. The tonal systems of Ansel Adams, for instance, are very helpful in seeing how to make landscape. I also like the painters who worked during the development of abstraction people like Arthur Dove, Georgia O'Keefe and Charles Burchfield--he's tremendous. Of the more recent painters, I like Rothko, Agnes Martin and Rackstraw Downes. And in contemporary painters, I like to look at Andrea Bellage--she received a Guggenheim--and Amy Sillman.

Nancy Van Deren

VAN DEREN: My current paintings are about color, massing and the sensation of nature. And, I am experimenting with making monoprints. Once a print impression is made, it can't be changed; I am curious to see where this takes my painting.

Nancy Van Deren

in Her Studio with
Independent Ovals

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Exhibitions of Van Deren's paintings (abbreviated list):
2005--Spencertown Academy (Spencertown, NY)
2000-2005--Hudson Artwalk (Hudson, NY)
2002--ACE Gallery Sharpe Show (NYC)
1998--OK Harris Gallery (NYC)
1997--AIR Gallery (NYC)
1997--Joe Rain Gallery (Dublin)
1996--Parrish Art Museum (Southampton, NY)
1996--Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation (also grant recipient)
1979-1985--Sarah R. Rentschler Gallery (NYC)
1972 & 1974--Whitney Museum Annual (NYC)

Van Deren Teaching & Lectures (abbreviated list):
Spencertown Academy 2005
The Isamu Noguchi Museum 1993-2001
Sarah Lawrence College--1999 guest artist lecture
Rhode Island School of Design--1998
University of California, Berkeley--1974-1975

Nancy Van Deren monotype Parting with View
Parting with View
Monotype-- 2005


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