EXHIBITS - GAIL CHADELL NANAO: MORE DIRTY DISHES. PAINTED CERAMICS

 

GAIL CHADELL NANAO: MORE DIRTY DISHES. PAINTED CERAMICS

"As an expressionist painter, I have always focused on painting the human form on canvas and paper.  The figures I paint sometimes reflect the sensuality and erotic nature of both the male and female body.  For the past several years I have become interested in transferring these forms onto plates, bowls and vases.  The lines and contours of the clay have presented me with new and exciting spaces and colors.  The sensual informs my new work on clay. My choice of sometimes erotic imagery stems from the fact that such figures are somewhat unexpected on ceramics, providing an interesting juxtaposition.  Melding and blending the curves of the human figure with the curves of the ceramics adds for me an aspect of the unanticipated and playful to these new pieces - Dirty Dishes". - Gail Chadell Nanao, 2008

 

Gail Chadell Nanao was born in New York City and received her B.F.A. at the San Francisco Art Institute in 1962 where her teachers were Frank Lobdell, Nathan Oliveira and James Weeks. Her works are figurative and her subject matter most often nudes. Nanao's style is distinctive but has roots in the San Francisco Figurative movement started by David Park in the late 1950s. For the past several years she has worked with the painted ceramics in addition to her large oil paintings and works on paper. She lives and works in Berkeley, CA.