Cornwall Contemporary 1 Parade Street, Penzance

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Nancy Pickard

Nancy PickardNancy Pickard: “People are always asking me why I use so many different materials, why I work in both abstract and figurative ways, why I make jewellery as well as ceramics and paintings.

Why not?

As I see it, there are no rules: the only ‘right’ way to be an artist is your own way. There are thousands of ‘right’ ways to make a piece – there are great figurative works, great landscapes and great abstract pieces. Why not have a go at anything?

And you can move on: I’m constantly crazy in love with whatever I am currently doing – but when it’s done, it’s done. What’s exciting is to try something new and see if you can make it work.

I hate to feel hemmed in – as soon as I say I will NEVER do something, I find myself with the urge to do it. Perhaps that’s why the big skies and wide horizons of West Penwith appeal to me so much. You feel like a giant – standing on the cliff looking out to sea, with your feet on the shoulders of all the other artists that have found their bit of freedom here too.”

Nancy Pickard was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 1963. She was raised and educated in the Channel Islands and then at the Central School of Art, London and University of Wales Institute, Cardiff.

Nancy moved to West Cornwall in 2002 and has made this her home where she lives and works in a 200 year old converted Wesleyan Chapel.

An all-round artist who cannot be categorised – painter, artist, jewellery maker, sculptor, ceramicist – Nancy finds the history and landscape of the region a great inspiration.

Her sculptural jewellery is made by enameling onto hand cut pieces of silver or copper. For contrast, the pieces are combined with unusual gemstones from all over the world. Each piece is unique and she never makes two pieces the same.

The paintings and wall pieces are striking and bold. Nancy’s understanding of all kinds of art makes her work refreshing and original.

Exhibitions & Outlets:

  • Cornwall Contemporary, Penzance
  • Stark Gallery, London & Canterbury
  • Barry Keane Gallery, Henley-on-Thames
  • Over The Moon Gallery, St Agnes
  • Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk
  • Beaux Arts, Bath
  • Prema Arts Center, Gloucestershire
  • Guild of Ten, Truro

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Cornwall Contemporary
1 Parade Street
Queens Square
TR18 4BU

Telephone: 01736 874749

Opening times:
Monday -  Saturday 10 - 5

Gallery Director:
Sarah Brittain-Mansbridge

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