Nancy Goodman Lawrence

Artist Statement

I am a mixed-media artist who incorporates invented shapes into my work, often pressing them closely together within the picture plane and sometimes letting them roam freely around the surface. My recent work, largely composed of acrylic, maps and vintage wrapping paper, makes references to landscapes in an abstract way, with a subtle narrative lurking beneath the surface. I approach my work with an intention that is both playful and serious. I entertain myself with the possibilities.


1984 to present   Private figure and watercolor workshops
1983                   Watercolor, UCLA Extension, Los Angeles, CA
1981                   Lithography, Santa Monica Community College, CA
1971                   BA Art, University of California, Los Angeles


Nancy Goodman Lawrence is a mixed-media artist with a BA degree in art from UCLA. She began as a painter and later became interested in collage, at one point spending several years making work largely from maps. She created three series of map works: portraits, the figure and a group of “concentric narratives” based on the circle.

She has exhibited extensively in Los Angeles and has shown work in the 2015 and 2017 Jerusalem Biennales. She is a member of several arts organizations and a past president of Women Painters West. She taught in Los Angeles City schools as a substitute teacher, often incorporating art into the curriculum.

Her work has been featured in Kolaj Magazine Issue #14 and The American Journal of Nursing magazine as well as in the following books: Collage, Assemblage and Altered Art; Masters: Collage, Major Works by Leading Artists; Geo Graphic, A Book for Map Lovers and A Gathering of Sparks, Jewish Artists Initiative.

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