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Bird Fan

Bird Fan, acrylic on canvas, 2020, 24x30
Bird Fan, acrylic on canvas, 2020, 24x30 This painting is the first of a series of "Fan" paintings using personal iconographic imagery on a fan-shaped color ground.

Hand Fan

Hand Fan, acrylic on canvas, 2020, 48x60
Hand Fan, acrylic on canvas, 2020, 48x60 Hand Fan is the second in a series of "Fan" paintings of personal iconographic imagery against a fan-shaped colored ground.

Fall Fan

Fall Fan, 2020, acrylic on canvas, 18x24
Fall Fan, 2020, acrylic on canvas, 18x24 Third painting of the "Fan" series using personal iconography against a fan-shaped colored ground.

Hands of Color Harmony

Hands of Harmony, 2020, oil on canvases, triptych 12x4/12x12
Hands of Harmony, 2020, oil on canvases, triptych 12x4/12x12 This group represents my response to the media surrounding the Black Lives Matter movement.

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About Nechama

Baltimore City

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Born in Lake Wales, Florida, Nechama Topper lived in Hollywood, Florida; Atlanta, Georgia; Birmingham, Alabama; and she currently lives and works in Baltimore City. She attended Florida State University, earned her BFA from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and her MA from Towson University. She worked at the Aside Gallery Studios in the Station North Arts District and now works in a private studio in northwest Baltimore City.

Nechama Topper - Paintings 2011 - 2020

Paintings 2011 - 2020

The idea of art as a division of the two-dimensional surface into areas of shape and color rather than the representation of a three-dimensional world in two-dimensions, along with an acquired personal iconography, has become the focus of my paintings since around 1988. The often brightly-colored paintings began to reference the hard-edged, geometric look of the artwork of the 1950s and 1960s, while the iconography continued the feminist story that began in my earlier paintings and drawings. I do return to illusionism periodically because I enjoy drawing, and I enjoy drawing with color, especially landscapes based on my travels around the US. These drawings and paintings often produce images that enter my iconic lexicon and appear in my graphic-style work.

Nechama Topper - Paintings 1988 - 2010

Paintings 1988 - 2010

One day a fellow entered my studio and asked what I was doing; my joking response was, "Dividing the canvas into areas of shape and color." In time, however, the idea of art as a division of the two-dimensional surface into areas of shape and color rather than the representation of a three-dimensional world in two-dimensions, along with an acquired personal iconography, became the focus of my paintings for the next twenty years. The often brightly-colored paintings began to reference the hard-edged, geometric look of the artwork of the 1950s and 1960s, while the iconography continued the feminist story that began in my earlier paintings and drawings.

Nechama Topper - Paintings 1985 - 1987

Paintings 1985 - 1987
These paintings form the underpinnings of the iconography that has repeated over the years. After this series of paintings, the imagery became flat areas of shape and color, devolving into a hard-edged, graphic/geometric style.

Nechama Topper - Works on Paper 2008-2020

Works on Paper 2008 - 2020

  • Twisted Sisters

    Twisted Sisters, 2020, pastel on paper, 18×24
    Twisted Sisters, 2020, pastel on paper, 18×24
  • Dauphin Island AL

    Dauphin Island AL, 2020, pastel on paper, 24x18
    Dauphin Island AL, 2020, pastel on paper, 24x18 Memories of our travels through the southeastern US.
  • Three White Trees

    Three White Trees, 2020, pastel on paper, 18×24
    Three White Trees, 2020, pastel on paper, 18×24
  • One White Tree Mississippi River Road

    One White Tree Mississippi River Road, 2020, pastel on paper, 24x18
    One White Tree Mississippi River Road, 2020, pastel on paper, 24x18 A memory from our travels through the southeastern US.
  • Next Generation Fragments

    Next Generation Fragments, 2019, pastel on paper, 18x24
    Next Generation Fragments, 2019, pastel on paper, 18x24
  • Plant

    Plant, 2019, graphite on paper, 24x18
    Plant, 2019, graphite on paper, 24x18
  • Bridges

    Bridges, 2008, graphite on paper, 18x24
    Bridges, 2008, graphite on paper, 18x24 The patterns formed by the architectural structure in the covered bridges found all over the New England states inspired this drawing.
  • City Above and Below

    City Above and Below, 2008, graphite on paper, 15x22
    City Above and Below, 2008, graphite on paper, 15x22
  • Weighed Down by Memories

    Weighed Down By Memories, 2008, graphite on paper, 22x30 (sold)
    Weighed Down By Memories, 2008, graphite on paper, 22x30 (sold)
  • Mt. Rushmore With My Dog

    Mt. Rushmore With My Dog, 2008, graphite and wax crayon on paper, 8x10 (sold)
    Mt. Rushmore With My Dog, 2008, graphite and wax crayon on paper, 8x10 (sold)

Works on Paper 1986

These early works include figure studies showing my love of drawing the human form, and prints which form the beginings of my iconographic imagery.

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