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Nancy Patterson
Folk Art Painting Female Artist Morocco Desert Palm Sunflowers Goats Moonlight

2006

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This vibrant Folk Art painting on on board is by the fabulous British Canadian artist Nancy Patterson. It comes from her series ‘Days in the Desert Sun, Nights Under the Magical Moon’ , a compelling set of paintings in the Folk idiom made by Nancy about her life on the edge of the Desert in Southern Morocco. The paintings tell the narratives, the tales of the community that over the past eighteen years she has become part of. Artwork details: Nancy Patterson, Blowing in the Wind, acrylic on board, with frame 29.5cm x 29cm, 2006. Initialled on the front, signed on the back. Professionally framed in a painted wooden shadow boxed. Ready to hang. Provenance, directly from the artist studio. Condition: in excellent condition. There is something very comforting about the term Folk Art, derived from the idea that a work of art is firmly rooted in the community it depicts. Folk Art can initiate feelings of splendid joy. It is often misjudged as holding less regard that some of its fine-art cousins but we need look no further than the fabulous British artist Alfred Wallis or the captivating Canadian painter Maud Lewis to understand that Folk Art can be just as complex in its formal arrangements, compositions and choice of colour palette. Another myth, possibly by those who could not explain the beauty in the Folk Art form, is that this type of art is the sole premise of artists who have had no formal training. The title for this painting, "Blowing in the Wind' is exactly right. Looking to the work we can immediately enjoy the sensation of the warm wind blowing across the landscape. This is further highlighted by the artist’s playing with the edge of the painting and using the border to create almost a trompe l'oeil effect, as if the swaying branches of the palm trees are alive in front of us. The composition of the path leads us directly into the narrative, in Nancy’s own words, ‘It was a warm and windy day in the desert, Daoud and I were sitting on the wall waiting for the minibus. A Wandering Magician from Mhamid came walking along the road and greeted Daoud. He took a small trumpet like instrument out of decorative bag and started to play. Sitra, a local sheperd woman stopped to listen while her herd of sheep and goats tried to find something to nibble and a migrating Goldfinch arrived to rest on the new sunflowers. I never saw the old musician again or another Goldfinch, but Sitra was a frequent visitor. Eventually her hungry goats ate the sunflowers’. Please see the artist’s biography for more information and do feel free to contact us if you would like more details or images.
  • Creator:
    Nancy Patterson (1936, Canadian)
  • Creation Year:
    2006
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 11.62 in (29.5 cm)Width: 11.42 in (29 cm)
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    1 of 1Price: $2,438
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  • Gallery Location:
    Norfolk, GB
  • Reference Number:
    Seller: NP0011stDibs: LU167029565782
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