Nan Hass Feldman has been painting for more than 40 years. In that time she has had 49 solo exhibitions and has been included in over 50 group shows, and 28 museum exhibitions. She has work in private collections in five countries; in corporate collections such as Fidelity Investments, Meditech, and Veryfine Products; and in hospital collections, including Boston Children’s, Brigham and Womens, and the Mayo Clinic.
For many years she has taught in the Boston area, including at the Museum of Fine Arts, Worcester Art Museum, the DeCordova Museum, Danforth/Art, and Framingham State University, and, since 1999, she has also been leading painting retreats in France, Greece, Italy, and Mexico, and, recently, in the Mediterranean, Baltic, and Caribbean, for Oceania Cruises. At present, Nan is part of a community of artists who live and work at Boston’s historic Fenway Studios.
Her awards include two Frances A. Kinnicutt traveling fellowships from the Worcester Art Museum to paint in Oaxaca, Mexico, and in the Dordogne Region in France; the Basil H. Alkazzi National Acquisition Award; the Liquitex Fine Art Achievement Award; and a Massachusetts Arts and Humanities Foundation Commission from the Museum Without Walls.
As Nan briefly describes her work, she says: “For me, art is really about enhancing and interpreting reality to create a more positive and joyous world.”
“Nan’s robust colors and whimsical lines show influences of Henri Matisse, her inventive patterns and interior scenes of Edouard Vuillard and Pierre Bonnard, her energy and expressive lines a reference to Vincent van Gogh, her touches of childlike wit and playful execution a bow to Jean Dubuffet, and her multiple perspectives a nod to David Hockney . . . Nan’s paintings are bright, colorful, and buoyant, and they are likely to lift your spirits with their delightful colors, imaginative patterns, and lines that meander playfully across the composition.”
-Deborah Forman, Contemporary Artists of Cape Cod: People and Places