Nereids Reach the Deep Sea Floor

Acrylic, ink, crayon, mesh netting on canvas (2021)

Size: w 16″ x h 10″ x d 1.75″

Why Paint? That is the question asked of members of the Organization of Kingston Women Artists. Those in the group who choose paint as their medium have responded and their work will be exhibited in a show at Art Noise Gallery, Kingston, Canada (https://www.artnoise.ca/gallery.html) from 24 June to 07 August 2021. My contributions to this show include this piece as well as Nereids in the Garden of Hippocampus (https://npaulartworks.com/2021/01/13/nereids-in-the-garden-of-hippocampus/).

Nereids Reach the Deep Sea Floor started with an impulse to play – with pigment, mediums, collage – with paint. Over time and iterations I came to understand at last where it was going and brought in the Nereids and their friends: the luminescent, fanged creatures of the dark mountainous world that is the bottom of the ocean. Monstrous in appearance to us, it is they who are under threat, endangered because of the commercial fishery practice of bottom trawling. (Present here: Dragonfish (x2), anomuran, coelacanth, hatchet fish, fangtooth (x2), anglerfish, viperfish (x2), predatory tunicate, frilled shark, gulper eel (x2), tube-eye.)

Nereids in the Garden of Hippocampus

Acrylic and ink on canvas (2021)

Size: w 16″ x h 10″ x d 1.75″

Inspired by, and dedicated to, SJ by her AN.

Hippocampus: part of the brain associated with memory, thought to resemble a seahorse.

The starting point for this painting was an image of the hippocampus obtained by means of antibody staining by Thomas Deerinck and Mark Ellisman (2004), reproduced in Portraits of the Mind: Visualizing the Brain from Antiquity to the 21st Century. My sea dragon (barely discernible, certainly not recognizable, in any case upside down) inhabits an underwater garden of memory, dream and desire.

Ram and Unicorn

Size: w 18″ x h 23.5″

Acrylic on paper (? 1992)

This painting is of two small earthenware creatures (A.D. 9-23) excavated in 1978 from a tomb in Shaanxi Province, China. Because of their poses, they are assumed to be guardians to protect the deceased from demons; to me they appear to be mourning the death. Between them I imagine a bright ribbon, the passing show that is life.

An inkjet print of this painting, mounted on birch panel and hand-finished with acrylic, is currently on display to the end of the month at the Art Noise Gallery in Kingston as part of the annual Show of Smalls (https://www.artnoise.ca/store/c22/NANCY_PAUL.html).

Summer (Sleeping Medusa)

Oil (1980), acrylic and conte (2020) on canvas

Size: h 29″ x w 43 ” x d 1″

My show at the Art Noise Gallery in Kingston has been extended until 12 September 2020! This is great news as both the store and gallery are now open for browsing, occupancy of course limited due to social distancing requirements but an appointment is no longer required. The show also continues virtually (https://www.artnoise.ca/gallery.html) and pieces are rotated in the window for street viewing.

Summer (Sleeping Medusa) is from the Time half of my show. I started this painting in 1980, when I was working in oil. In 2018 I changed the background and in June 2020 I finally finished it in acrylic. Note that she is less elusive than the other figures in Time, revealing her full face (or is it after all a mask, slipping to one side slightly?).

I invite you to visit my new website for an overview of my art as I continue to add images and information: https://www.npaulvisualart.com/

Sea Change (Fall Rich and Strange)

Acrylic, Japanese paper, gold leaf on canvas (2020)

Size: w 28 x h 40 x d 1.75 inches

Starting July 2, my show Time/Lines will be on exhibit, virtually as well as by appointment and window viewing, at Art Noise Gallery, Kingston, Canada — https://www.artnoise.ca/gallery.html The invitation below features my Fall painting from 40 years ago (in contrast to the recent Fall painting posted above).

Nereids Join ‘La Danse’

Nereids Join (I)

Acrylic, graphite and coloured gesso on birch panel

Nereids Join (II)

Size (each): 8″ x 8″ x 1.6″

Nereids Join (III)

In my Nereids series of paintings, a tiny pair of luminous elven-like figures explore at my behest distant lands, seas and sky, the underworld and the tops of mountains; they are the agents of my empathetic imagination.  The fifty Nereids of Greek mythology were gentle, unremarkable maidens who lived at the bottom of the sea.  In my work they exemplify the humility needed to understand, to connect.

“Nereids Join La Danse” I, II, and III, with a nod to Henri Matisse in particular, celebrate artists of integrity great and small. They will be on display at the Isabel Bader Centre, Art and Media Lab, Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada (March 16-27) as part of the exhibit “The Politics of the Artist’s Footprint” https://www.facebook.com/events/125247775582098/

Butterflies

Acrylic on travertine tiles (2019)

Size: each is h 4″ x w 4″ x d 0.5″

These and other works are currently on exhibit until December 30 at the Show of Smalls at Art Noise, Kingston https://www.artnoise.ca/gallery.html

The Piggery in Newburgh (owner/operator Jaana Parks) is displaying several of my larger pieces on canvas as well as numerous small pieces such as those shown above. https://www.thepiggerygallery.com/