2D 3D Political Elephant In The Room My Story

October 24-26, 2015 (Saturday & Sunday)
Sat. 11am - 10 pm (evening festivities) Sun. 11 am - 8 pm

Gallery 1317

Group Exhibition
1317 Grant Avenue
San Francisco, Ca 94133

COMING November 2015 - February 2016
Union Bank- California Street
Wood Sculptures by Nancy Calef


March 27, 2015 Beat Museum, San Francisco, CA 94133
Nancy Calef & Peoplescapes -- My Story From Purging To Painting
reading, art exbibition, musical performance
March 27 - April 10, 2015

Barbary Coast Article about Peoplescapes- March 12, 2015

April 4, 2015 - Gallery Bookshop, Mendocino, CA
meet and greet & art on display

Peoplescapes Newsletter 3

Peoplescapes Newsletter 2
Peoplescapes Newsletter 1


Obstructivist Manifesto
September, 2014
1317 Grant Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94133

Gymboree Headquarters Lobby Exhibition
September - November 2014
500 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA
Curated by Alex Cefalo

July 19, 2014 - Book Passage, Corte Madera
Reading & Slideshow

June 26, 2014  - Green Apple Bookstore
Reading & Art Exhibition

featured over 40 paintings and drawings in Calef's Memoir

Peoplescapes -- My Story From Purging To Painting
by Nancy Calef with Jody Weiner
Meridian Gallery
535 Powell Street, San Francisco, CA 94108

San Francisco Chronicle - Datebook Feature 5/20/14

Book Review - 5/27/14

Writers Who Paint/Drawers Who Write
Group Gallery Exhibition: September 27 - October 20, 2013
artists' original work featured during the
Litquake Festival -Litquake Event with writers/artists
Emerald Tablet
Reading from "Peoplescapes -- My Story from Purging to Painting"

Oakland City Center
June 15, 2013 - August 2013
curated by Alex Cefalo, ALC Design

copyright 2015 Nancy Calef Gallery - All rights reserved


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Nancy Calef Studio
photo by Dennis Hearne

"I'm Just Saying" oil, sculpture, fabric, found objects on canvas, 120" x 48" (3 panels)

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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 challenging issues facing society ("Peoplescapes"). 

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.

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.” 
SF 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

“With a nod to Richard Lindner, a glance toward Red Grooms and a wink at Jack Levine, Calef respects traditional artistic roots when she breaks the plane of the canvas with sculpture and found objects. Her satiric eye views the planet from a unique perspective. The journey that began in the Bronx, was nurtured in the Far East and flourishes in North Beach, has influenced her style, exposing society’s foibles with humor - a thread of tolerance in this complicated world.”

George Krevsky - Owner, George Krevsky Gallery, San Francisco. CA

"I enjoyed Peoplescapes. I absolutely love Nancy’s artwork. She’s clearly a talented contemporary artist."
Susan Barton
,- E Review Girl

  Peoplescapes -- My Story From Purging To Painting by Nancy Calef

Peoplescapes -- My Story From Purging To Painting
an illustrated memoir
By Nancy Calef with Jody Weiner
Babu Books
includes 149 original drawings and paintings in full color
copyright 2014-- check for readings & appearances

Tax Exempt