American artist Nancy Landauer creates mixed media works that are decorative and expressive. Landauer works with acrylic , oil pastel, and paper collage to layer her canvases with intricately conceived designs. She often incorporates glass beads, rhinestones, and other elements into her artwork. She builds each abstract piece by weaving together color and pattern in a rhythmic manner, fragmenting and interchanging them so that they inform each other. She uses a mixture of soft curves and energetic slashes to convey energy. She uses texture to add add an additional element to each piece, similar to the way a musician adds instruments to a composition. The music being listened to during the creative process is an integral part of each piece she creates.Though they are full of inventiveness, each piece is also smartly edited to present one clear idea at a time.
Landauer also creates representational pieces inspired by the music she listens to, or that of her two adult children.these feature a central figure in a context of playful color and pattern. They feature musical icons, text, and archival photographs surrounded by playful geometric acrobatics. they reference art from decades past, from sixties pop art through the graphic style of the eighties with a contemporary twist.
Landauer studied illustration in New York City and today lives in Westport, Connecticut. She has worked in both print and textile design, as well as magazine illustration.