Nancy Hagin: Sumptuous Realist


Nancy Hagin is a major contemporary realistic painter. Working in acrylic and watercolor, she delights with her lush colors, opulent patterns and reflected forms. Educated at Carnegie-Mellon University and Yale University, she has taught at Pratt Institute, Fashion Institute of Technology, Cooper Union and SUNY/Purchase among other institutions. Hagin has been honored with a Fulbright Grant (Rome), two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, and an award from the National Academy of Design. In 1992, she was elected a full Academician of the National Academy of Design. These institutions have collected Hagin’s work as have the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA; Brandeis University, and the Art in Embassies Program among others.

Most the paintings we have selected were executed in acrylic. Here is what Hagin told The Artist’s Magazine about that medium:

• Polymer-based acrylic paints are water-soluble and have shorter drying times than oils.
• Acrylic eliminates the need for turpentine and gesso and can be applied directly onto raw canvas.
• Acrylic is more opaque than watercolor and dries as quickly.
• Acrylic paintings are waterproof when they’re dry. They can be washed gently with soap and water, but the wooden stretchers should never become wet.
• Painting wet into wet with acrylic must be done quickly, which makes this method harder with acrylic than it is with oil.

These institutions have collected Hagin’s work as have the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA; Brandeis University, and the Art in Embassies Program among others.

Feast your eyes on Nancy Hagin’s work.


Two English Watering Cans (2013)
acrylic on canvas, 20 x 22“



Guest Room (1987)
silkscreen, 23 ¼ x 32 ½“

Winter Solstice (2005)
acrylic on canvas, 30 x 36”

Pumpkin Yellows (2013)
watercolor on paper, 41 x 29”

Pineapple Marker (1991)
watercolor on paper, 30 x 36”

Stripes and Green (2012)
watercolor on paper, 41×29”

Double Damask (2012)
watercolor on paper, 29 x 41”

Kettle and Cactus (2012)
acrylic on canvas, 18 x 22”


Boxes and Batik (2013)
acrylic on canvas, 30 x 36″

Low Horizon (2014)
acrylic on canvas, 26 x 28”

Green Group (2014)
acrylic on canvas, 42 x 36”

Nancy Hagin has been represented by the Fishchbach Gallery in New York City since 1980.

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5 thoughts on “Nancy Hagin: Sumptuous Realist

  1. denise

    I am buying a serigraph by Nancy Hagin ” blue agate” . The addition size has 392. Another gallery has addition size 195. I am wondering what the real number is and if one of the galleries is wrong. Is there a way to find out the exact edition number of a serigraph? I really need some help. I purchased one and now wonder if it is an original seriograph!

    HELP,

    Thank you,
    D. HAWKINS

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