Nancy Calef is a multi-media artist whose paintings involve a socio-political narrative. While juxtaposing people in all manner of contemporary situations, Calef addresses social, political and spirituals issues facing society ("Peoplescapes).
Social Justice: It Happens to One, It Happens to All
By breaking the plane of the canvas with sculpture and found objects, Nancy adds the 3rd dimension, bringing humor and depth of character to difficult subjects. Calef has also created a body of plein-air work as a result of studying the culture and landscape of the many countries she has visited.
She is also the author of "Peoplescapes -- My Story From Painting To Purging" an illustrated memoir.
About The Artist
What They Say about Peoplescapes
“Brueghel meets the underground stylings of artists like Spain and S. Clay Wilson in the oil and mixed-media paintings of Nancy Calef, whose "peoplescapes" are on display at a cutting-edge North Beach gallery.”
San Francisco Chronicle
"Nancy Calef's landscapes of
people are a real challenge
to any figurative painter,
by portraying humanity en masse with all its sad happy faces."
Lawrence Ferlinghetti - Award winning poet and painter; co-founder - City Lights Bookstore
“When I first saw Nancy’s paintings, I thought, Now, here’s an original idea.’ A picture should say something, and her subject matter and palette express a view of the world beyond her years.”
Jack Levine, former president of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, (dec'd 2010).
“One of the most people-possessed painters in contemporary art, Nancy Calef fills her canvases with humanity, rich or poor, stylish or shaggy, manifesting them in equal size because it’s equality, that is love, which rules her brush.”
Jack Hirschman - Award-winning author and poet, painter and former Poet Laureate of SF
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Literature & Art
Berkeley Central Art Passage
2055 Center Street, Berkeley California
Curated by Expressions Gallery
June 3, 2016 - September 6, 2016,
opening reception: Friday, June 3, 2016 4 – 7 PM
St. Mary's College Museum of Art
September 18 - December 11, 2016
Professional Artist Magazine
Artist Profile - Feature
February/March Issue 2016
Artful Vagabond- January 31, 2016
A MESSAGE FOR WORLD LEADERS "State Of the World"
Interview December 2015
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