Nancy Calder is a full time professional artist dedicated to the study of realist painting and a master of still life.
Born and raised in Toronto, in the fall of 2017 she relocated to the town of Stratford,Ontario. Previously she had become a well-known feature of the Toronto craft scene producing and successfully retailing a series of whimsical characters using a highly distinctive “Plaster Mache” technique. Towards the end of this almost twenty year period, Nancy joined the Avenue Road School of Art beginning the realization of a long held aspiration towards the rendered image. Within three short years in the fall of 2007, she was ready to commit to the study of realist art and became a student at the Academy of Realist Art.
Nancy comments, "I have always been drawn to realism, to create a sense of life and living from a blank canvas or piece of paper. I find the concept of realism, absolutely fascinating. I am always surprised and amused by the degree of dimension that can be achieved, a feeling that one can almost reach into a painting and touch the objects in a still life, or possibly catch the eye of the subject in a portrait. I love both the intensity and vibrancy of the oil paints, yet it can also be such a subtle medium. I choose objects for my still life that appear to have had a life of their own, asking the viewer to wonder how they have found their way to become part of my paintings. My stories are from a moment in time, a little curious and vaguely familiar."
Although her journey didn’t begin until later in life when time and finances allowed, it was more than rewarding. Her education started with graphite, moving into carbon, charcoal and finally oil paint. Initially, Nancy enrolled into the Academy to pursue her love of the human figure, but as she progressed, she was drawn to the painting of still life. In the fall of 2013 she earned her diploma. During the two years following her graduation, Nancy became the first female instructor at the Academy. Late in 2015 Nancy left her teaching position in order to become a full time artist.
The Art Renewal Center (ARC)
Oil Painters of America (OPOA)
“The Twins” was judged a Finalist in the Art Renewal Center’s Annual Salon Competition
“Busy Little Cowboy” was judged a finalist in The Gateway International Painting Competition October 2018
“Market Morning Weight In” was awarded 3rd place in The Artist’s Magazine Annual Art Competition in the Still Life Category
“Market Morning Weigh In” was voted FAV% in July Boldbrush Painting Competition
March – “Iron Dog” won second place in the Visual Arts Mississauga Annual Members Show
“Portrait of Meena ll” was voted FAV 15% in December 2015 Boldbrush Painting Competition
“Portrait of Meena” was voted FAV 15% in August 2015 Boldbrush Painting Competition
“Portrait of John” was voted FAV 15% in February 2015 Boldbrush Painting Competition
“Roller Skates” was a finalist in The Artist’s Magazine 32nd Annual Art Competition
“Iron Dog” was voted FAV 15% in October 2014 Boldbrush Painting Competition
“Roller Skates” was voted FAV15% in August 2014 Boldbrush Painting Competition
Nancy’s second still life –“Blue Butterfly” another fourth year work at the ARA – was a honourable mention in the 2014 Art Renewal Center’s Annual Salon Competition
“Blue Butterfly” was given an Honorary Distinction Award in the February 2014 Collection Beaux-Arts Realiste, Montreal Quebec Competition
Nancy’s first still life -“Soup Tureen” a fourth year work at the ARA – was a finalist in the 2013 Art Renewal Center’s Annual Salon Competition.
“Soup Tureen” won third place in The Artist’s Magazine’s Annual Art Competition in the Student Category
Mar.26-April 13 “Contemporary Realism” Westland Gallery, 156 Wortley Road, London, Ontario.
Oct.1-Dec.15 Oil Painters of America Online Exhibition
July 11-Aug.10 Annual Square foot show, Westland Gallery, 156 Wortley Road, London Ontario
Aug.8 – Sept.25 “Keeping It Real in Dundas” , The Get Real Artist Group, Dundas Museum, 139 Park Street, Dundas Ontario
July 12 – Aug.11 Annual Square Foot Show, Westland Gallery, 156 Wortley Road, London, Ontario.
Mar.28 – Apr.15 “A Journey Into Realism” Westland Gallery, 156 Wortley Road, London, Ontario
Jan.12 – Feb. 18 Visual Arts Mississauga, 39th Annual Juried Show of fine Arts, 300 City centre Drive, Mississauga, Ontario
Nov. 1 – 30 “The New Masters” Carrier Gallery, Columbus Centre, 901 Eglinton Ave. W., North York
Oct 4 – 23 Ontario Society of Artists Emerging Artists Juried Exhibition, Nelson Park Creative Centre, Mississauga
Sept 26 – Oct 7 Get Real!Artists premiere Exhibition, Visual Arts Mississauga
July 13 – Aug 12 Annual Square Foot Show, Westland Gallery,156 Wortley Road, London Ontario
June – Oil Painters of America, Summer On-line Exhibition
May 21 - June 25 Academy of Realist Art, Annual spring Show and Sale
Mar. 24-Apr.3 – Visual Arts Mississauga Annual Members Show
March - Oil Painters of America Online Spring Showcase
Dec.12- Jan.15 The Academy of Realist Art Toronto, Annual Christmas Show and Sale
November 2015 Oil Painters of America, Fall Online Exhibition
August 14,15,16 Buckhorn Arts Festival, Buckhorn Ontario
July/August, “The New Masters” Carrier Gallery, Columbus centre, 901 Lawrence Ave. W., North York
June, the Academy of Realist Art Toronto, Annual Spring Show and Sale
December, the Academy of Realist Art Toronto, Annual Christmas Show and Sale
Oct.8-Nov.3, “The New Masters” Carrier Gallery, Columbus Centre, 901 Lawrence Ave.W., North York
October/November The Image Foundry, “Master Drawings”, 1581 Dupont Street, Toronto
Aug. 1st- 13th, The Duke, 2800 Dundas St. W., Toronto
August 2014 Oil Painters of America, Summer Online Exhibition
June 17th to July 4th Gallery 814, 814 St. Clair Ave. W., Toronto
May 17th- June 21st Academy of Realist Art, 1st Annual Spring Exhibition and Sale
March, April, ARA Group Exhibition, Image Foundry, 1581 Dupont Street, Toronto
December, The Academy of Realist Art Toronto, Annual Christmas Show and Sale
To learn more about Nancy Calder and her work, please visit: http://www.nancycalder.ca