Nancy Olivier


Nancy Olivier

I moved to NYC in 1977 to pursue a career as an abstract painter. My abstract drawings and paintings have been featured in many venues, including The Painting Center, Metaphor Contemporary Art, Robert Pardo Gallery, Kim Foster Gallery, White Columns, PS 122, Marymount Manhattan College, and 55 Mercer. I have been awarded grants from the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, NYFA, and ArtistsSpace, as well as fellowships at the Manhattan Graphics Center, Yaddo, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Altos De Chavon in the Dominican Republic. My work has been written about by Mario Naves, Jed Perl, Ronny Cohen, in The New York Observer, The New York Times, Artforum, and Arts and Antiques magazine. The drawings and paintings are in many private and public collections. I live and work in Long Island City, NY.


Variations on a Grid
The actual production of my work involves the combination of different types of painting and drawing—grids and lines, brushstrokes overlaid and underneath; a type of automatist scribble; dripped paint as another kind of line, and washes of color, both transparent and opaque. The linear elements shift between surface and deep space, binding together concepts of time and process; the “content” encompasses metaphors for both physicality and memory. Pattern exerts itself, and then recedes. Working one layer of marks against the next, they are transformed through a history of process.


b. 1954, Brooklyn, NY
Lives and works in Long Island City, NY

  • 2005Trace Elements— New Paintings, Bond Gallery, Rivington St.
  • 2012Emily Berger/Nancy Olivier,, New York, NY
  • 2011Wall Works, curated by Stephan Maine, The Painting Center
  • 2002Gravity, Robert Pardo Gallery, New York, NY
  • 2008Individual Artists Grant, Adolf and Esther Gottlieb Foundation
  • 2004Prinmaking Workshop Grant, Manhattan Graphics Center
  • 2003Artist Fellowship in Drawing, New York Foundation for the Arts
  • 2007Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Sweet Briar, VA
  • 1999Virginia Center For The Creative Arts, Sweet Briar, VA
  • 1994Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY
  • 1985Altos de Chavon
43-01 22nd Street (Reis Studios)
Studio 401
Long Island City, NY 11101
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