Nancyanne Cowell  
Fine Art Studio

 

 

 

 

 

 

ARTIST     

                  

 


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From an early age, Nancyanne Cowell began painting our relationship with nature in the dynamic Canadian landscape.  Embracing charismatic light, her atmospheric paintings straddle the built and natural worlds we live in providing viewers with a rich introspective experience.  With sweeping gestures and soft energetic passages, Cowell's powerful and luminous paintings emphasize how our existence is inherently linked to nature.  Her work ultimately illuminates the beauty of this relationship.  A series of her paintings is academically published, exploring a more sustainable world.  A Luminist painter, her artwork was granted cultural interpretation through The Robert Bateman Centre. Other artwork is held in private and corporate collections.

 

BFA (Hon) (Distinct), MBA, LFC, Award of Distinction for painting, University of Victoria; Member of the Federation of Canadian Artists.

 

 


Artist Statement


"Creating in the 21st century, at a time when technology, our culture and our physical world are changing at rapid speed, I explore the bond between people and the powerful elements of my country: the weather, oceans, seasons and the vitality of the light that connects them. Painting beyond the conventional 'landscape', my brushes find moments of emotion and wonder expressing our interconnection with a place and time. When you look closer, you may find more than expected."  

 


"Molded by the word, the process of painting is significant to my work. Each painting begins with a title from a place I have experienced and the poetic quality guides how I respond.  When I paint, the emotion of Romanticism and the movement of Impressionism art, appeal to my inner senses. Yet, it is the aesthetic power of light that guides me to channel an artistic expression that speaks to my interest of place and belonging.  It's where I go to feel the edge of comfort and awaken to something new. It sets my soul free. In order to sense the land, I go for long walks. My heart belongs to the sky. Canvases come alive when I embrace the clouds, breathe the light, absorb the fog or anger of a storm.  Appreciating the reverence, I paint from that mystery."   

 

                                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                                                     

Curatorial Statement

Nancyanne Cowell is an inspirational artist of our time.  Her stunning and sensuously vibrant ‘ecoscapes’ profoundly capture the cyclical nature of our existence.  When handled with such virtuosity, Cowell’s subjects  love, life and death  compellingly speak to the fragility of the world, as we know it. Beginning with the word, she creates entirely from the title of the canvas. Cowell’s powerful, yet tenderly painted atmospheric paintings show evidence of making, unmaking and remaking, conjuring spectres of the inexorable passage of time. Yes, time is fleeting but, here, it is marked and recorded by the tempo of the brush … the whisper of a wing, a suggestion of a wave, an edge, flashes of flesh, drops of pooling light, hints of blue and pink: Am I beside a perilous precipice, at the edge of the world, witnessing a birth  the first breath  or caught in time, gazing deeply into the jeweled tones of a dragonfly’s eye? Bringing forth deep emotions, we are given space to integrate our own stories and experiences into these large-format ‘ecoscapes’, for they are mysterious and as multivalent as they are layered.

Born in Ottawa, Cowell’s early years were spent painting and examining the diversity of her surroundings, and it was here  growing up in the greenbelt of southern Ontario  that she became aware of the tenuous interconnections within ecosystems.  Later,  Cowell relocated to the west coast to undertake a BFA with Honours and was granted the Award of Distinction for painting, whilst concurrently studying Environmental Philosophy.  Shortly thereafter, she earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, which deepened her understanding of society and, more importantly, continues to inform her art making.  She is an elected member of the Federation of Canadian Artists. This combination of fine art, philosophy and business studies proved potent. Driven to inspire positive change, Cowell taught sustainability marketing at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Although this experience was wonderfully rewarding for her, when the ‘roar of unstoppable paint’ could be denied no longer, Cowell became a full-time artist. Now, she inspires by different means. Painting on canvas, Cowell creates life-affirming, atmospheric 'ecoscapes' that are never mournful but always filled with vitality  that we can, and will, bring ourselves back from the brink…
 

Stephanie Webb, BA, BFA (Hon), MA
Contemporary Art Critic, Writer

                        

 

Representation

Representation is established with the following galleries:

JDStevenson Gallery, Chemainus, www.jdstevensongallery.com

Exhibits and sells distinctive quality fine art that reflects thought and soul.  

 

The Robert Bateman Centre, www.batemancentre.org
           Exhibits the collection of Robert Bateman and hosts special exhibits of
           local Canadian culture and nature.

The Gallery-at Mattick's, Victoria, www.thegalleryatmatticksfarm.com

Exhibits and sells original fine art by Canadian and international artists.

 

Sooke Harbour House Art Gallery, Sooke, www.sookeharbourhouse.com

Exhibits and sells original fine art representing the Vancouver Island region. 

 

 

 

Exhibition History

 

From the past, this is a selection of featured group and solo show exhibits:
 

JDStevenson Gallery, Chemainus

 

Royal Roads University Library Showcase-Gallery, solo show, Victoria

 

The Robert Bateman Centre, Public Art Gallery, solo show, Victoria

 

Academic On-line Art Gallery, Edging Forward Project, Canada

 

The Gallery at Mattick's, Saanich


Sooke Harbour House Resort Art Gallery, solo show, Sooke

 

Victoria Arts Council Gallery, Victoria

 

University of Victoria, Faculty of Fine Arts,  solo show, Victoria

 

Edward Jones Investment Lobby, Saanich

 

Arts Center at Cedar Hill, Saanich

 

Sooke Fine Arts Society, Seaparke Complex, Sooke

 

Saanich Municipal Hall Art Gallery, solo show, Saanich

 

 

Press

Focus Magazine, Carbon Thoughts painting selected for the front cover, Sept-Oct, 2017 

Chin Yuen Art, Article, "Women Hold Up Half The Sky", Featured Speaker, March 2016

Art Avenue Magazine, News Vignette, Federation of Canadian Artists, Mar/Apr 2014

SEASIDE Magazine, Article, "Time Suspended: Dust Motes, Dragonflies and Dandelion Clocks", Stephanie Webb, Jan 2014

Art Avenue Magazine, News Vignette, Federation of Canadian Artists, Jan/Feb 2014

CRC Research, Sustainable Community Development, News Blog, "integration, interconnection, inspiration", Dr. Ann Dale, Nov 2013

The Cordovan, News Vignette, "...fast on the rise", Issue 10, Winter 2013

Art Avenue Magazine, News Vignette, Federation of Canadian Artists, Sept/Oct 2013

CACGV Newsletter, News Vignette, July 2013

ISLAND Gals Magazine, Peer-Recommended Artist for Inspiration and Motivation, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Feature Article, Front Cover: Nancyanne Cowell, "moments", Volume 3, Issue 2, June 2013
 

SEASIDE Magazine, News Vignette, Seaside Arts Scene, Gillian Crowley, June 2013

Art Avenue Magazine, News Vignette, Federation of Canadian Artists, May/June 2013

CACGV Newsletter, News Vignette, May 2013

SEASIDE Magazine, Feature Contributor, Feature Article, Front Cover: 2013 Women to WATCH, "ReCycling Painting Series", Mar 2013

Exhibit-V, Art Connections, Ezine Article, ["...you can almost taste her paintings"], Stephanie Webb, Mar 2013

The Cordovan, Article, "You Can Almost Taste Her Paintings", Stephanie Webb, Spring 2013

CACGV Newsletter, News Vignette, Apr 2013

Art Avenue Magazine, News Vignette, Federation of Canadian Artists, Mar/Apr 2013

YAM Magazine, Painting in Featured Home, Home and Garden, July/Aug 2011

Where Magazine, Canada's Travel Planner, Vignette, "Featured Artist", The Gallery-at Matticks, July 2010

Saanich Newspaper, Article, "Painter Nancyanne Cowell", Island Life Style, June 2009

Preview, Art Gallery Guide, Vignette, "Featured Artist", The Gallery-at Matticks, 2009