Whether it is a figure or a still life, artist Nancy Chaboun captures an instant in her paintings that endures through time and through the heart. Chaboun paints her figurative works quickly with broad brush strokes that define and juxtapose the figure and the background. This juxtaposition of planes creates an aesthetic tension that is both provocative and emotional. Perhaps, a poignant moment in time, painted on canvas hence forever remembered. The figures seem to radiate luminosity: the effect is paradoxically subtle and dramatic.
Chabouns's still lifes of finely rendered treasured objects have a different tone all together. An array of asparagus, onions and garlic beautifully arranged with heirlooms of Canton vases and copper pitchers suggest a sense of peace and harmony. The simple perfection of everyday objects is revealed as these cherished items emerge into a soft light from richly painted tapestry-like backgrounds. In her quest to give her oils eternal life, her fruits and vegetables best emote through her superb attention to texture.
Educated at Arizona State University and Instituto Allende of Mexico, Nancy Chaboun has been distinguished in one museum shows. She has also had several successful one-woman shows and is collected throughout the United States, Europe and the Middle East. Currently she is affiliated with the Scottsdale Artist School where she is working in a workshop with respected artists David Leffel, Harley Brown, and Milt Kobayashi.