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 Nancy Ellen Craig  (1927 - )

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Lived/Active: Massachusetts/New York      Known for: portrait and figure easel painting

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Self-Portrait at an Easel, 1957
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Artist Statement:

For more than forty years, both in Europe and America, I have been painting portraits professionally.  According to Frederic Tauber, eminent 20h Century classicist, "Craig's work approaches the best American portrait painter, Thomas Eakins?Few of our portraitists today can do such work." (American Artists' Magazine, 1954)

As a young artist (in my twenties), living near New York, I received numerous awards from the large juried exhibitions I entered.  In my thirties, I left New York and settled in Truro, on Cape Cod, with my husband, a poet. When I wasn't away on a portrait commission (which often took me for extended periods to Europe and the Caribbean), I started doing larger paintings - mural-size canvasses in my barn-studio. The inspiration for these canvasses comes from mythology, the Bible, political subjects and my own imagination.

Throughout my painting career, however, and my forays into different genres, portraiture has always been my first and last love. A portrait painted from life is analogous to walking along a precipice in search of an elusive prey, and intense and exhilarating experience.

Notable Portraits
    ?    George Abbott
    ?    The Duke of Argyll
    ?    Paul Cadmus
    ?    Edwin Dickinson
    ?    Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia
    ?    The Christopher Forbes family
    ?    Aileen Guinness Plunkett
    ?    Kieran Guiness
    ?    Hans Hofmann
    ?    Anjelica Huston
    ?    Lady Marcia Rose Leveson Gower (cousin of Prince Charles)
    ?    Gov. and Mrs. Herbert Lehman
    ?    Norman Mailer
    ?    Princess Maria Luisa of Prussia (great granddaughter of the Kaiser)
    ?    Marques and Marquesa de Portago
    ?    Tyrone Power
    ?    Cliff Robertson
    ?    Felicia Warburg Rogan
    ?    Irwin Shaw
    ?    Frank Lloyd Wright

Public Collections
    ?    Metropolitan Museum, New York, NY
    ?    Baltimore Museum, Baltimore, MD
    ?    New Britain Art Institute, New Britain, Conn.
    ?    John Ringling Museum, Sarasota, FL
    ?    Provincetown Art Association Museum, MA

Notable Exibitions
    ?    2011, Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, MA
    ?    2010, Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill, Truro, MA
    ?    2010, Gail Browne Gallery, Provincetown, MA
    ?    2008, Portraits, Provincetown Art Association Museum, Provincetown, MA
    ?    2008 (August) Berta Walker Gallery, Provincetown, Mass.
    ?    2000-2006 (Three shows) Berta Walker Gallery, Provincetown, Mass.
    ?    1990 Forbes Magazine Art Gallery New York, NY
    ?    1978 Galeria los canos, Soto Grande, Spain
    ?    1975 Galeria Bettica, Madrid, Spain
    ?    1973 Wellfleet Art Gallery, Wellfleet, Mass.
    ?    1970 Leyford Quay Gallery, Nassau, Bahamas
    ?    1966 Graham Art Gallery, New York, NY
    ?    1955 Grand Central Art Galleries, New York, NY

    ?    Provincetown Arts, 2010
    ?    Who's Who in America 1959-1990W
    ?    Who's Who in American Art
    ?    Who's Who in American Women
    ?    American Artists, 1954

Notable Awards
    ?    2008-2009, Pollock-Krasner Award, $20,000
    ?    1957 National Academy of Design: 1st Benjamin Altman Figure prize, $1500
    ?    1956 Allied Artists of America Gold Medal
    ?    1955 Audubon Artists Patrons Prize
    ?    1954 National Academy of Design: Roger Fund Purchase Prize
    ?    1951 National Association of Women Artists, Mary Karasick Portrait Prize
    ?    1951 Hudson Valley Art Association Julien Detmar Award

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