Theorem Painting Exhibit now Open at Colonial Williamsburg
As a contemporary folk artist specializing historically based theorem painting many years, I am very excited to share the news that Colonial Williamsburg has just opened a long term exhibit on theorem painting in their art museums. I was asked to contribute to the exhibit by participating in a video being shown on how I paint a theorem. It is a vanishing art form, learn what it is. CLICK HERE to learn more!
are theorem paintings?
Theorem painting (meaning painting with the aid of stencils) is
considered traditional Americanfolk art. It was popular in the 1800s.
Theorem painting is most often done on white velvet fabric (Paintings
on Fabric), which gives the painting a soft, lovely depth. Oil
paint is presently used as it simulates the look of the antique
theorems whose paint was hand mixed. Fruit and floral arrangements
are the most popular subjects, but scenes were sometimes done.
Painting Is True American Folk Art
Theorems are unique, traditional folk art. Nancy considers herself
a true folk artist because she is self-taught.
She has learned her craft through studying antique theorems and
reproducing them. Nancy now offers over 200 different theorem
designs of which over 90 are featured in our online
galleries. Nancy does both contemporary designs and historic reproductions.
Many of Nancy's theorems can be traced to finishing schools in
New England. Since most of the theorems found in American museums
were not signed or dated.
Are Not Prints - Each Theorem & Frame is Hand Painted
has prints. Theorem paintings are
Theorems are oil paintings on eggshell colored velvet. Each
painting is hand painted by the artist with the use of
a stencil. They are not mass-produced.
False Grained Frames - Another
Traditional Decorative Art
total artistic control over how Nancy’s paintings are presented,
she has learned several traditional decorative art techniques
she uses to paint the handmade frames for her theorems. Each frame
is hand painted with a base coat and then a overlay of colors.
Graining can be done with terry cloth, feathers, fingers, or a
The price of each theorem includes the hand painted false grained
Nancy's Theorems Are In Some Wonderful
House Christmas Tree
work was among the few artists asked to contribute their art to
decorating the Christmas White House during the
Clinton administration. The Christmas ornament was based on Nancy
You can see an exploded view of Lady Liberty by clicking on the
picture shown to the left.
Williamsburg - Lodge & Gift Shops
Nancy has been commissioned and provided Colonial
Williamsburg with thirty-three large paintings, which
hang in the public and private spaces within the Williamsburg
Please visit the Williamsburg Lodge Gift Shop to see Nancy's theorems
on display or at the gift shop at the Dewitt Museum. While you
are at the Dewitt Museum stop by the Abby Aldrich Museum and see
the historic theorems that are on display there.
American Folk Art Shows Attended
by Nancy Rosier
Please stop by our booth at one of these fine Juried American
Folk Art Shows. See the finest in American Folk Art and hand crafted
- Vocational Technical School - Bedminster, Buck Co. Pennsylvania
Folk Art Festival - Waterford Virginia
Trinkle Hall Show
- College of William & Mary - Near Colonial Williamsburg
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