Untitled 5.16.2, Acrylic and oil pastel on mylar, Nancy Neill
Abstract Landscape-Inspired Paintings On Mylar
Nancy Neill “Untitled”
November 2 – 27, 2016
Artist Reception: Sunday, November 13, 2:00 – 4:00pm
Muse Gallery, 52 N. 2ND STREET, PHILADELPHIA, PA 19106
Muse Gallery is pleased to present “Untitled”, an exhibition of recent paintings by Nancy Neill. The paintings will be on view from November 2 through 27, with a First Friday opening on November 4 from 5-8 PM and an Artist Reception on Sunday, November 13, from 2-4 PM. Gallery hours during the exhibition are Wednesday through Sunday, 12-5 PM.
Nancy Neill’s body of work at Muse Gallery was mostly inspired by the New Jersey shore and the coastlines of Maine and Canada. Some paintings in the show were inspired by various bodies of water near cities. Her abstract paintings capture the feelings of these places that exist in her memory. She does not paint from photographs.
According to painter and art professor Kassem Amoudi, “Neill’s current exhibition includes landscapes that are full of mystery. Some are black and white and some are luminous and colorful but there is always an element of surprise.”
Untitled 6.16.1, Acrylic and oil pastel on mylar, Nancy Neill
Her exhibition is called “Untitled.” All of the paintings in this exhibition are named “Untitled” and identified by numbers. She wants the viewer to be transported by what they see and make each painting part of their own reality.
Untitled 7.16.4, Acrylic and oil pastel on mylar, Nancy Neill
Nancy Neill uses mylar, a material that provides a fluid surface for ink, paint and the other drawing mediums she works with. The energy of the landscapes is portrayed by gestural marks and scratches. Her color palette is unorthodox for landscapes – combining strong colors with muted colors of blue and grey to create an energetic yet calm surface.
Nancy Neill has been painting for 20 years and her work has been exhibited in numerous shows throughout the region. She has won several awards and has been featured in a number of publications. Most recently her work was in a group show at West Chester University. She received her B.S. degree from Miami University of Ohio and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Untitled 4.16.10, Acrylic on mylar, Nancy Neill
“In my most recent paintings, the work is inspired by my time near the ocean and also by natural elements near an urban location. Many of the paintings suggest water or sky. Sometimes they suggest an atmosphere of a city location.
My work is abstract, yet it captures the feeling of these places because of the lines and shapes used and the strong contrast of light and dark. The imagery in each painting is suggestive of nature and atmosphere, but it also has a sense of mystery because it’s not immediately obvious what it is. The paintings have a unique look because of how they are painted – on mylar, which gives a contemporary feel to the work and because of the color palette used. There is a significant use of strong colors that are combined with a very soft atmospheric color-palette, and there is energy from the mark making.
I paint on mylar. This plastic medium is archival and provides a fluid surface for ink, paint and other drawing mediums. I paint with brushes and cloths but also sharp instruments to scratch into the paint to give energy to the surface. The mylar paintings provide a serene yet energetic and saturated surface.” – Nancy Neill
“Muse Gallery Mission: Established in 1978, the Muse Gallery is an artists’ cooperative dedicated to encourage and promote its members’ artistic expression through abstract, conceptual and representational forms. Reflecting an aesthetic that awakens awareness, the Muse Gallery affirms the shared experience of art between the artist and the community.
To join the Gallery: Muse Gallery is always interested in potential new members. We are often fully staffed and maintain a waiting list. Please visit our membership page.” – Muse Gallery
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