Nanci Price Scoular is a South African, Canadian, American mixed media artist and creative coach of Irish descent. Her journey of immigration and transformation has had a profound effect on her life and her art. Price Scoular works both on canvas and paper, combining acrylic paint with her own original photography.
Price Scoular has exhibited widely in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her work has been selected for juried exhibitions by a number of prestigious arts professionals, including curators Karen Tsujimoto, Alison Gass, Philip Linhares, Kenneth Baker and Lynn Orr. Her recent work caught the attention of art critic DeWitt Cheng, who noted that Price Scoular’s paintings “suggest ambiguity and change, but with paradoxical visual authority,” comparing her work to that of Lionel Feininger and J.M.W. Turner. In 2010, Price Scoular was artist-in-residence at the Morris Graves Foundation (Loleta, CA).
Price Scoular recently completed an MFA in Creative Inquiry, Interdisciplinary Arts at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. She currently holds a marketing/business development position inside the San Francisco/Bay Area Architecture and Interiors industry, and brings all her diverse experience into teaching her creative workshops.
Every time I view the sea, I feel a calming sense of security, as if visiting my ancestral home. I embark on a voyage of seeing. ~ Hiroshi Sugimoto, Seascapes
Many of us are immigrants, whether we have relocated states or journeyed across oceans. In our minds and bodies we carry traces of the special places we left behind – emotional and physical remnants of ‘home’ that we thread in and out of new identities we weave for ourselves.
The sea has always felt like home to me, and the oceans an essential life force, connecting the coast of California where I now live, the tip of Africa where I was born and the Irish land of my ancestors. I explore the multiple realities of myself through my art, working in several mediums, painting, monotypes, photography, often combining two or all three simultaneously. I relish both the element of surprise and the challenge of mixed media. The process also aligns snugly with my exploration of differing realities.
My most recent work is focused on the seawater, the sea sand and the diverse realities that coexist in the liminal zone where the two meet. Entitled ‘SanToriaBay’, it is a metaphor for my own personal narrative of emigration and transformation. The art installation itself exists somewhere between painting and sculpture, and as such, seems to exist in a liminal zone all of its own.