After living in Japan, Nancy Lorenz earned a BFA in Painting and Printmaking. Nancy Lorenz combines a deep understanding of Post-War abstraction with a reverence for the craft and materials of traditional Asian art creating contemporary art pieces.
After living in Japan, Nancy Lorenz earned a BFA in Painting and Printmaking at the University of Michigan. In 1988 she received her MFA in Painting from the Tyler School of Art, studying in Philadelphia and Rome. Lorenz lived in Tokyo for five years, where she absorbed the idea that luxurious materials, such as mother-of-pearl inlay, lacquer, and gold leaf, can be used in a painterly way. Her work blurs the distinction between fine and decorative art. 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” Her style is characterized by its references to expressionistic abstraction, use of decorative pattern, and landscape elements.
Lorenz received a John Simon Guggenheim award in 1998, and participated in the Cill Rialaig artist in residence program in Ireland in 2008, 2010, and 2012. She lives and works in New York City. Public commissions include the Gucci Towers in Tokyo and Hong Kong, the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, the Mandarin Oriental in the Time/Warner center in NY, the Muscat Hilton in Oman, Oregon University Hospital in Portland, the Senayan Hotel in Jakarta, the US Consulate in Istanbul, and special projects for Bottega Veneta and Temple St. Clair.
She has ongoing collaborations with many of the world’s leading architects and designers including William T. Georgis, David Mann, Peter Marino, Michael Smith and William Sofield.
Nancy’s most recognized works are the paintings, but we found these works as much interesting as the paintings.
Her work is represented by design gallery Pierre Marie Giraud. Meet more about the gallery HERE!