The Art of Nerys Levy

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Born in Wales and now a resident of Carrboro, North Carolina, Nerys Levy is deeply rooted in her native country’s culture which has influenced her painting. Levy had a first career in race relations, community work and education, working in India, the Caribbean, South Africa and London. She has a PhD in Modern South Asian History from the University of London. Although she painted throughout much of her childhood, Levy began serious studies in 1980 in La Jolla, California, working with various members of the Visual Arts Department of the University of California at San Diego. She also studied at the Pacific Art League in Palo Alto, California. Many of her works are in private collections in Europe and the United States.

Working on site using mixed water-based media on paper, she portrays the forms and forces of nature: Polar landscapes and wildlife, Chinese urban and riverine landscapes, Russian waterways, North Carolina’s forests and rural landscapes, Alpine masses and glaciers, cloud formations, animals, European gardens and old architectural forms altered by time. She often does a series of works of the same subject in shifting light, seasons and weather. When painting animals, she usually documents their movements in a series of works done on site in their home environments.

In December 2007 Levy visited the Antarctic Peninsula and in July 2009 she worked in the Norwegian Arctic. As a result of these Polar experiences, she produced a large body of work on Polar animals and landscapes for a multimedia exhibition in 2010 – "Ice Counterpoint" - at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Global Education Center and a solo exhibition, "Artico- Asolo -Antartico" at the Asolo Civic Museum, Veneto, Italy in November 2010.

From January through June of 2013, she exhibited some of her Polar works at the National Humanities Center. These Polar works are intended to put a face on Earth’s endangered upper latitudes and to highlight the implications of the ecological and climatic changes there for the rest of the planet.

Nerys Levy is a member artist at FRANK Gallery, Chapel Hill where she is responsible for outreach and educational activities. Her works are currently on display at FRANK (www.frankisart.com).

From 2013 to 2015, some of her Polar images were in the international exhibition "Vanishing Ice" which travelled from the Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, WA to the El Paso Museum of Art, the Glenbow Museum in Calgary, Canada and the McMichael Collection in Toronto, Canada.





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