Nancy Lorenz combines a deep understanding of Post-War abstraction with a reverence for the craft and materials of traditional Asian art. Lorenz lived in Tokyo for five years, where she absorbed the idea that luxurious materials, such as mother-of-pearl inlay, lacquer, and gold leaf, can be used in a painterly way. Her work blurs the distinction between fine and decorative art.

After living in Japan, Nancy Lorenz earned a BFA in Painting and Printmaking at the University of Michigan. In 1988 she received her MFA in Painting from the Tyler School of Art, studying in Philadelphia and Rome. Lorenz received a John Simon Guggenheim award in 1998, and participated in the Cill Rialaig artist in residence program in Ireland in 2008, 2010, and 2012. She lives and works in New York City.


Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, and Rome, Italy; MFA Painting, 1988.
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; BFA Painting and Printmaking, 1985.
International School of the Sacred Heart; Tokyo, Japan, 1976-1981.

Awards and Fellowships

1998 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship 2008/12/12 Cill Rialaig Artists Residency, Ireland

Solo Exhibitions

New Work, Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York (catalog)
Skies and Beyond, Bottega Veneta at the Salone del Mobile, Milan, Italy (catalog)

From Ash and Pearl, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR Duke & Duke, Los Angeles, CA

Silver & Stones, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR

Tea Room, PDX Contemporary Art at Volta, New York

Six Records of a Floating Life, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR 2008 James Graham & Sons, New York (catalog)

Chahan Galerie, Paris, France

Double Vision, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR
James Graham & Sons, New York
James Graham & Sons at Flow, Miami, FL 2004 JG Contemporary, New York

Order in Space, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR
The Lunar Collection, Bottega Veneta, Beverly Hills, CA, to benefit PS Arts (catalog)

Jay Grimm, New York
The Botanical Collection, Bottega Veneta, New York, to benefit the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program (catalog)

PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR

Efflorescences, Willoughby Sharp Gallery, New York 1999 PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR

PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR
Galerie Verneuil Saints-Pe?res, Paris, France 1996 Aero Studios, New York

Aero Studios, New York 1994 Helander Gallery, New York
Aero Studios, New York
Genovese Gallery, Boston, MA 1993 Aero Studios, New York

Genovese Gallery, Boston
Kulturforum, Monchengladbach, Germany

Selected Collections

The New York Public Library
The Portland Museum of Art
United States Consulate - Istanbul
Adour ? Alain Ducasse/St. Regis Hotel, New York Aero Studios, New York
The Beverly Hilton Hotel, Los Angeles
The Boston Company
Champion Paper, Ohio
Chanel stores in Paris, Hong Kong, Ginza, Taipei, Rome, Boston, Dubai, Geneva, Bangkok Cleveland Clinic
Gucci Tower, Ginza, Japan and Hong Kong
Mandarin Oriental/Time Warner, New York
MIA Insurance, Pan American Building, San Francisco
Miyako Hotel, Osaka, Japan
Muscat Hilton, Oman
Oregon Health Sciences University Hospital, Portland
Peninsula Hotel, New York
Princess Cruise Lines
Senayan Hotel, Jakarta
Shanghai Ritz Hotel
Shinwa Medical Inc., Nagoya, Japan
Soho Grand Hotel, New York
Tiffany & Co. stores in New York, Hong Kong, Ginza, Munich, Nice, Montreal, Macao Yokohama Hotel, Japan
Paul Allen
Nita and Mukesh Ambani David Barton
Yves and Rebecca Carcelle Lynne and Richard Cheney Cindy Crawford
Cameron Diaz
Tom Ford
Hugh Freund
Thomas L. Friedman
Richard Gilder and Lois Chiles Nathalie de Gunzburg
Mariska Hargitay
Fred Hochberg and Tom Healy Elton John
Rachel Kohler
Nathan Lane
Monique Lhuillier
Tomas Maier
Chahan Minassian Robert Moskowitz Thomas O'Brien Obama White House Sally and Michel Perrin Robert Pittman
Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelo Beth Rudin de Woody Willoughby Sharp
Michael Smith
Bill Sofield
Judith Stern Peck
Susan Stoupes, Rose Art Museum Donald Sultan
Bonnie and Terry Turner
Mish Tworkowski
Kelly Wearstler
Anna Wintour