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Allan Nance's Gallery   -   Artist Biography


As an artist, I see things in a somewhat different light than others might. When I see an old house, barn or vehicle, I often see a beauty that is hidden from others. My art attempts to capture this beauty and hold it along with the heritage it represents.
 The Vanishing American Scene
   Acme Artist Studios
   711 North 5th. Avenue
    Wilmington, North Carolina 28401
    (910) 791-8956       
Born in Greensboro, North Carolina on Christmas Eve, 1940, Allan attended North Carolina State University majoring in Design and Industrial Management. He began painting as a hobby in 1970 after receiving a set of acrylic paints for his birthday. However, it was not long until Allan realized that art was his "calling". A self-taught artist, he honed his God given talent through practice and self-study of fine art and painting techniques. In 1973, Allan left his salaried position to devote his life to painting.
His unique method of using the egg tempera technique with acrylic paints and attention to detail, has earned him national acclaim and awards. His work is also included in numerous private and corporate collections throughout the United States, Canada, and abroad. Allan lived in Ruffin, North Carolina for twenty eight years before moving to Wilmington in 2006 where he lives with his wife, Yvonne.
From the artist.......
"It is my love for the beautiful and, all too often, deteriorating buildings of the past that drives me to capture their spirits in paintings. There is a certain dignity in these old structures that must be saved. With so many things in our lives changing everyday, it is hard to remember today what was yesterday. My paintings will always try to have a little of what we cannot remember but wish still was."
"My paintings are personal. I try to convey the mood and feeling of when I first see a new subject, the emotion that tells me that I must paint this and try to preserve it. This feeling is without words, but I know that no one cares about this place anymore, or its future. No one but me."
"I want you to transcend time when you look at one of my paintings and become a part of the past; the weathered wood and stone that convey the passage of time. You become a part of the Vanishing American Scene that is along the roadsides and the coastlines of this country, our disappearing heritage."


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