Nancy Hollinghurst is a realist painter born in Atlanta, GA in 1978.
She received an MFA from the New York Academy of Art in 2008,
and a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in 2002.
She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY with her husband Dave.
I’ve always been drawn to narrative imagery and fascinated by portraiture and I tend to find the two inseparable. To me, even the most basic portrait has a narrative to it. Similarly, an environmental image, or even a still life, that doesn’t include a figure at all, can tell a compelling narrative of the people that are absent from the scene.
We collect objects and assign meaning to them because someone gave it to us, made it for us, it’s their recipe, or just simply because it’s a reminder of time spent with a person. When these people are not around us, whether temporarily or permanently, we hold onto “them” and the souvenirs of experience and memories of a lived life. I am aware that my paintings will outlast me in this world, and so my goal is to create with intention and honesty; to leave behind stories, perspective and narratives that give insight into my life and the world that I am living in.