Visual Art is a celebration of our power to create. It is a glorious expression of our unique relationship to the world. Creating connects us to who we are. We are not all visual artists but we are all creators.
Nancy Kramp – Abstract Expressionist!
As an Abstract Expressionist, I allow the merging of colours and the unpredictable movement of paint to dominate a loose attachment to form. My goal is to release control of the outcome…to take the random and give it shape. As with children, the pure enjoyment of making art flows freely from a place not controlled by the ego. Children paint ‘egoless’ and I believe that, as adults we must also create from this state.
At what age did you know you wanted to be an artist?
Probably in grade 5 when I would draw cartoons to amuse my classmates. Drawing was natural to me and I excelled throughout my school years. I also contributed to Grad themes, theatre set design and numerous community projects such as creating life-sized reindeer for the Santa Claus Parade. Art made me feel accepted.
What is the earliest artwork you did that you can remember?
In grade 5, I remember drawing caricatures of the Beatles on the blackboard at recess and the kids were impressed. Then I started making bookmarks with voluptuous cartoon women drawn on them and I gave them away to the boys.
Which classical or contemporary artists have inspired you?
I studied Art History and there are so many. To name a few starting with the earliest, I am fascinated by cave art with its primitive scrawlings. Then the Byzantine Era with Giotto’s Madonna and Child. I like the flat, illustrative look of this era. Da Vinci was the greatest artist of the Renaissance in my opinion. Contemporary artists that inspire me are Van Gogh…the greatest colourist, Matisse, a close second, and little known, Larry Rivers who balanced skillful rendering with courageous abstraction.
How would you describe your artistic style?
Abstract Expressionism (which is different from purely Abstract Art) in that there is usually some reference to recognizable form, albeit a loose reference. The objects in the painting translate themselves to the viewer as the experience of things rather than the things themselves. The sometimes, intense use of colour is meant to stir up the brash, unpredictable dreamer in all of us.
When did you first sell an artwork? How did you feel?
After I decided to paint seriously and full-time, I had a show of which four people came to. As I was feeling defeated, I got a call from one of the four attendees saying that her friends would love my work. She brought them over and they bought a large painting of trees for $1900. I was blown away and it gave me renewed courage to carry on.
What's your workstyle? Do you work on one piece at a time or work simultaneously on multiple pieces?
I work on one piece at a time and I like to work in mini-series in order to explore multiple aspects of a basic direction. I begin each painting with a black gesso base upon which I add white shapes and scraped lines. All life (creativity) is born out of darkness and the white-black combo represents Yin-Yang balance. I rarely have a plan for the painting. Spontaneous expression creates serendipitous shapes as layers of paint are applied in random order. My skills and training do provide direction with the dramatic effects.
How do you get the inspiration for a new piece?
I prepare the canvas with spontaneous shapes. I stare at it for some time then the ideas just flow. I get up and I start.
Tell us a bit about your personal life ...
I live in the Vancouver area, BC,Canada with my partner. I paint full time and and am committed to success.
My greatest objective still remains…’to consciously let go of the outcome’. Often it becomes unimaginable like driving blind…but it is the only way to get a true result. You know when it happens because you can’t remember what happened and you can’t always do it again.
A few pieces from Nancy Kramp’s gallery
More about Nancy Kramp
Shows & Exhibitions
1980 Group Show Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design
1981 Solo Show Graduation Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design
2013 Group Show Oil & Water SDAG FCA Show Tsawwassen, BC, Canada
2013 Group Show Artists Choice Show FCA Gallery Granville Is. Vancouver, BC
2013 Group Show Ten Squared Fundraiser FCA Gallery Granville Is., Vancouver, BC
2013 Group Show Small, Smaller and Smallest FCA Gallery Granville Is., Vancouver, BC
2014 Group Show Abstract Show FCA Gallery Granville Is., Vancouver, BC
2014 Seven West Coast Artists Select Group Show FCA Gallery Granville Is., Vancouver, BC
2014 Group Show One Week Exhibition @ The Chinatown Experiment Gastown,Vancouver,BC
2014 Group Show FCA Summer Gallery Granville Is., Vancouver, BC
2015 Group Show Artist’s Choice Show FCA Gallery, Granville Is., Vancouver, BC
2015 Group Show Canvas Unbound FCA Gallery, Granville Is., Vancouver, BC
2015 Vancity “Artist of the Month” Exhibition Vancity Fairview Community Branch, W.10th
2015 Group Show Painting on the Edge FCA Gallery Granville Is., Vancouver, BC
2015 Group Show Autumn Salon FCA Gallery Granville Is., Vancouver, BC
2016 Group Show Success AFCA Status Granville Is., Vancouver, BC
2016 Group Show 75th Anniversary Signature Show and Exhibition Performance Works Gallery Vanc.
2017 Group Show Bezanson Art Consulting 1177 West Hastings St. Vancouver, BC
2017 Group Show FCA Summer Gallery FCA Gallery Granville Is., Vancouver, BC
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English Bay, (Vancouver), BC
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North Surrey, (Vancouver), BC
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