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American, b. 1962
Lives and works in New York City.

Nancy Lorenz’s works are a blur between typical craft practices and traditions of sculpture and painting. For Lorenz, who was trained in printmaking and painting, the most formative and enlightening experience for her artistic practice was the five years she spent in Tokyo. She says: “I became enamored with Asian Crafts, and how a teacup can be just as revered as a painting.” Following this trip, Lorenz would begin working with the materials and techniques that would come to identify her career: mother-of-pearl inlay, gold and silver leaf, lacquer, and water gliding. Her style is characterized by its references to expressionistic abstraction, use of decorative pattern, and landscape elements.

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Education
Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, and Rome, Italy; MFA Painting, 1988
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; BFA Painting and Printmaking, 1985
International School of the Sacred Heart; Tokyo, Japan, 1976-1981


Awards and Fellowships
1998 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship
2008-2019 Cill Rialaig Artists Residency, Ireland

 

Solo Exhibitions
2019 Shimmering Flowers: Nancy Lorenz’s Lacquer and Bronze Landscapes, Center
House Leonhardt Galleries, Berkshire Botanical Garden, Stockbridge, MA
Recent Works, The Century Association, New York, NY
Works on Paper, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR
2018 Nancy Lorenz: Moon Gold, San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA
Nancy Lorenz: Silver Moon, Leila Hellery Gallery, Dubai, UAE
2016 Nancy Lorenz: Boxes and Screens, Pierre Marie Giraud, Brussels, Belgium
2015 Polished Ground, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR
Elements, Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York
2013 New Work, Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York
Skies and Beyond, Bottega Veneta at the Salone del Mobile, Milan, Italy
2012 From Ash and Pearl, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR
Recent Work, Duke & Duke, Los Angeles, CA
2011 Silver & Stones, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR
2010 Tea Room, PDX Contemporary Art at Volta, New York
2009 Rock Garden, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR
2008 Nancy Lorenz, James Graham & Sons, New York
2007 Nancy Lorenz: Rain, River, Rocks and Gardens, Chahan Galerie, Paris, France
2006 Double Vision, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR
Nancy Lorenz, JG Contemporary, New York
2004 Nancy Lorenz, JG Contemporary, New York
2003 Order in Space, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR
The Lunar Collection, Bottega Veneta, Beverly Hills, CA, to benefit PS Arts
2002 Nancy Lorenz, Jay Grimm, New York
The Botanical Collection, Bottega Veneta, New York, to benefit the Whitney Museum
Independent Study Program
2001 Nancy Lorenz: Mother of Pearl Paintings, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR
2000 Efflorescences, Willoughby Sharp Gallery, New York
1999 Nancy Lorenz: Mother of Pearl Paintings, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR
1998 Nancy Lorenz: Patterns of Places, Orly and Elsewhere, PDX Contemporary Art,
Portland, OR
Nancy Lorenz : Laques, Galerie Verneuil Saints-Pères, Paris, France
1996 Aero Studios, New York
1995 Aero Studios, New York

Selected Group Exhibitions

2021                Objects:USA 2020, R and Company, New York, NY (catalog)

                        Walking, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR

2020                An Affair to Remember, R and Company, New York, NY

                        Nasty Women, Gavlak Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2019                Striking Gold: Fuller At Fifty, Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA (catalog)

Inaugural Exhibition, Gavlak Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

                        Double Vision: Curated by Jane Holzer, Leila Heller Gallery, New York

2018                Along the Edge, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR

Encounters, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR

2017                The Garden of Earthly Delights, The Century Association, New York

                        More Women Painting, Design Sublime, Miami, FL

                        Dislocation, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR

                        PDX Contemporary Art at Seattle Art Fair, Seattle WA

2016                A Stand of Pine in a Tilled Field: 21 Years at PDX, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR

                        PDX Contemporary Art at Seattle Art Fair, Seattle WA

2015                Beauty Reigns: A Baroque Sensibility in Recent Painting, Akron Art Museum,

Akron, OH

                        Twenty by Sixteen, Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York

                        The Closet, PDX Contemporary Art at Volta, New York

                        Spring/Break Art Show, curated by Tess Sol Schwab, New York

                        Let’s Get Lost, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR

                        PDX Contemporary Art at PULSE Miami Beach, Miami, FL

2014                Beauty Reigns: A Baroque Sensibility in Recent Painting, curated by René

Paul Barilleaux, McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas (catalog)

Garden Party, Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn, NY

                        Cielo y Tierra, Impakto Gallery, Lima, Peru

                        Mythical Creatures, The Salon: Art + Design, Park Avenue Armory, New York

Morgan Lehman Gallery at Miami Project, Miami, FL 

                        PDX Contemporary Art at Miami Project, Miami, FL

Pierre Marie Giraud at Design Miami, Miami, FL

2013                PDX Contemporary Art at Miami Project, Miami, FL

2012                Light, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR

2011                A Desert in the Ocean: The View from Cill Rialaig, Leslie Heller Workspace, New York

The Beauty Process, Curatorial Research Lab, Winkelman Gallery, New York

2010                Consider the Oyster, curated by Ingrid Dinter, James Graham & Sons, New York

Reflection, Nathan A. Bernstein & Co. Ltd., New York (catalog)

                        Nancy Lorenz, Jaq Chartier, Jeff Perrott, Morgan Lehman Gallery,

Lakeville, CT

2009                Blue, James Graham & Sons, New York

The Professional Painters’ Exhibition, The Century Association, New York

Open Stacks, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR

PDX Contemporart Art at Pulse Miami Art Fair, Miami, FL

2008                Color Climax, James Graham & Sons, New York

2007                PDX Contemporary Art at Los Angeles Art Fair, Los Angeles, CA

2006                PDX Contemporary Art at The Affordable Art Fair, New York

2005                Paper, James Graham and Sons, New York

                        Next, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR

PDX Contemporary Art at Aqua Art Fair, Miami, FL

James Graham & Sons at San Francisco Art Fair, San Francisco, CA

2004                Wood Work, JG Contemporary, New York

James Graham & Sons at ADAA Art Fair, New York

                        The Affordable Art Fair, New York

                        San Francisco Art Fair, San Francisco, CA

2003                Polarities, The Lobby Gallery, New York

                        Grisaille, James Graham & Sons, New York

                        Uptown/Downtown, James Graham & Sons, New York

Echoes: The Continued Effect of Turkish Traditions on Contemporary Art,

The American Consulate General in Istanbul (catalog)

Gallery Terrence Denly, Birmingham, Alabama

                     James Graham & Sons at ADAA Art Fair, New York

PDX Contemporary Art at The Affordable Art Fair, New York

 2002               Influenced, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR

                        Botanicals, Belvedere, Atlanta, GA

                        Paper Cuts, Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY

Group Show, Jay Grimm, New York

James Graham and Sons at The Affordable Art Fair, New York

PDX Contemporary Art at San Francisco Art Fair, San Francisco, CA

2001                It's a Wild Party and We're Having a Great Time, Paul Morris Gallery, New York

Abstracts on Paper and Mixed Media, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR

2000                Le Temps Fractal, Galerie Xippas, Paris, France (catalog)

                        Physical Manifestations, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR

Nancy Lorenz and Jess von der Ahe, Alberta Ferretti and Gen Art, New York

                        Double Debut, Willoughby Sharp Gallery, New York

1999               Lab Works, Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY

Sight/Insight: Visual Commentaries on the Physical World, The New York Public

Library, New York

Fractalisations II, Abbaye du Ronceray, Angers, France

                        Art Fractal, Centre Culturel Français de Turin and Mulino Poirino, Turin and

Poirino, Italy

 


Selected Collections:
Museums, hotels, and other public collections
The New York Public Library
The Portland Museum of Art
San Diego Museum of Art
United States Consulate - Istanbul
Aero Studios, New York
The Beverly Hilton Hotel, Los Angeles
The Boston Company
Champion Paper, Ohio
Chanel stores in Paris, Hong Kong, Ginza, Taipei, Rome, Boston, Dubai, Geneva, Bangkok
Cleveland Clinic
Gucci Tower, Ginza, Japan and Hong Kong
Mandarin Oriental/Time Warner, New York
Meredez-Benz Stadium, Atlanta
MIA Insurance, Pan American Building, San Francisco
Miyako Hotel, Osaka, Japan
Muscat Hilton, Oman
Oregon Health Sciences University Hospital, Portland
Peninsula Hotel, New York
Senayan Hotel, Jakarta
Shanghai Ritz Hotel
Shinwa Medical Inc., Nagoya, Japan
Soho Grand Hotel, New York
Tiffany & Co. stores in New York, Hong Kong, Ginza, Munich, Nice, Montreal, Macao
Yokohama Hotel, Japan
 

Individuals
Paul Allen
Nita & Mukesh Ambani
David Barton
Arthur Blank
Rebecca & Yves Carcelle
Lynne & Richard Cheney
Lois Chiles & Richard Gilder
Cindy Crawford
Cameron Diaz
Tom Ford
Hugh Freund
Thomas L. Friedman
William Georgis
Nathalie de Gunzburg
Mariska Hargitay
Ronnie Heyman
Fred Hochberg & Tom Healy
Elton John
Rachel Kohler
Nathan Lane
Monique Lhuillier
Tomas Maier
Robert Moskowitz
Michelle & Barack Obama
Thomas O'Brien
Sally & Michel Perrin
Robert Pittman
Kelly Ripa & Mark Consuelo
Beth Rudin de Woody
Willoughby Sharp
Michael Smith
William Sofield
Judith Stern Peck
Donald Sultan
Bonnie & Terry Turner
Mish Tworkowski & Joseph Singer
Kelly Wearstler
Anna Wintour


Recent Press and Publications
Nancy Lorenz: Shimmering Flowers. Stockbridge, MA: Berkshire Botanical Garden, 2019.
“Inspired by Nature,” Cuttings (Spring/Summer 2019)
Sharon Smullen, “Berkshire Botanical Exhibit Shimmers,” The Berkshire Eagle (May 29, 2019)
Madeleine Luckel, “Lacquer, Gilding, and Inlay Techniques Come to Life at the Berkshire
Botanical Garden,” AD Pro (May 16, 2019)
Ariel Plotek, ed. Nancy Lorenz: Moon Gold. San Diego, CA: The San Diego Museum of Art,
2018.
Jyoti Kalsi, “Blurring the boundaries,” Gulf News (December 12, 2018)
“Must-See Spring Exhibitions,” Galerie Magazine (Spring 2018)
Ian Phillips, “OK Chaos,” Elle Decor (March 2018)
“Celestial Matter,” Vogue Arabia (March 2018)
“Must-See Spring Exhibitions,” Galerie Magazine (March 2018)
“Q&A with Nancy Lorenz,” Modern Luxury San Diego (January/February 2018)
“Zen Glamour,” Architectural Digest (Middle East) (May/June 2017)
“Nancy Lorenz’s Stunning Japanese-Inspired Artworks,” Galerie Magazine (Winter 2016)
“All That Glitters,” VoCA Journal (July 2016)
“Nancy Lorenz: Luxurious Lacquerware,” Financial Times, (February 2015)
“A Perfect Place,” Architectural Digest (January 2015)
“Creative Partners: Temple St. Clair + Nancy Lorenz,” W Magazine: The Art & Fashion Issue
(December 2014 – January 2015)
Fritz Karch and Rebecca Robertson, Collected: Living with the Things You Love. New York:
Abrams, 2014.
Justin Davidson, Elizabeth Diller, John Guare, and Jack O’Brien. What If…?: The Architecture
and Design of David Rockwell. Metropolitan Books, 2014.
“Tandem Treasures,” Architectural Digest (October 2014)

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