NANETTE NEWBRY

CONTEMPORARY ARTIST

Nanette Newbry has exhibited her work since 1990. She received her BA in Visual Arts from the University of California with graduate studies with Barbara Kruger, Eleanor Antin and Paula Roland. She had a leading role in Eleanor Antin’s film The Ballerina, which explored issues of gender, race and identity. Later, Ms. Newbry took on a male personna, Henri Bobo, exploring cultural expectations and gender differences. She performed in a number of notable performance artworks including The Bride, Henri Bobo Goes to Town, Crossfire and Sandboxed

She owned N. Newbry gallery from 2000 to 2009 where she exhibited her work and held numerous performances and exhibitions. She teaches encaustic, collage and monotype workshops in her studio in Carlsbad. Her work is in the permanent collection at the Museum of Encaustic Art and in corporate and private collections.

ARTIST STATEMENT

Mark-making, an integral aspect of my artistic journey, traces its origins back to my earliest encounters with creativity. Beyond the finger-painting of my youth, a transformative moment unfolded at the age of ten in Yokohama. A local Japanese artist, crafting kokeshi dolls with striking resemblances, captivated my imagination. It was the purchase of one of her greeting cards that ignited my artistic spark. Within the delicate washes of color, I found a canvas for my own expressions, using pencil and charcoal to enhance the visual narrative. In that moment, a profound realization dawned—I was embarking on a creative odyssey that would span a lifetime.

Today, my studio practice is a tapestry woven with diverse mediums, including encaustic, collage, encaustic monotypes, oil painting, and mixed media. The choice of medium is guided by the essence of the subject matter, allowing the narrative to dictate the form.

As a devoted Buddhist practitioner, my art is a convergence of personal experience and universal truths. I am drawn to the ebb and flow of everyday existence, the shared struggle to navigate the complexities of our temporal existence. Themes rooted in the enigma of memory, Buddhist philosophy, and more recently, the existential weight of climate change find resonance in my work.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2022 Upstream and Other Perspectives, Community Center Art Gallery, Encinitas, California

2021 Upstream, Violet Salon and Gallery, Encinitas, California


2012 New Work, Violet Salon and Gallery, Encinitas, California


2010 Image and Memory, Ivanffy-Uhler Gallery, Carlsbad, California


2007 Back Forward Everyday, N Newbry Gallery, Carlsbad, California

2003 New Work, City of San Diego, Benjamin Public Library, San Diego


2003 Inside/Out, N Newbry Gallery, Carlsbad, California


GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2023 Climate Reckoning, Grossmont College, San Diego, California, Feminist Image Group Exhibtion

2023 Lift the Sky, Front Porch Gallery, Carlsbad, California

2022 Resilience, First Annual Catalyst Art Lab Members’ Exhibition, Chicago, Illinois

2022 Annual Juried Exhibition, Front Porch Gallery, Carlsbad, California

2022 Flow, Encaustic Art Institute, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2022 Women Antiracists International Exhibition, Women’s Soaring Project [online], First Place Award

2022 Second Act, Front Porch Gallery, Carlsbad, California


2016 Summer Juried National Exhibition, Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Marin, California


2016 Juried Exhibition, Front Porch Gallery, Carlsbad, California

2014 Regional Exhibition, San Art Institute, Balboa Park, California

2014 Encaustic Monotypes, Miles Conrad Gallery,Tucson, Arizona


2014 International Juried Exhibition, San Diego Art Institute, Balboa Park, California

2013  International Juried Exhibition, San Diego Art Institute Balboa Park, California

2013  Juried Biennial, Cannon Gallery, Carlsbad, California


2013 Regional Juried Exhibition, San Diego Art Institute, Balboa Park, California


2012 Regional Juried Exhibition, San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, California


2011 Regional Juried Exhibition, San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, California


2010 Juried Biennial, Juror’s Award, Cannon Gallery Carlsbad, California


2008 The Contemporary Scroll, San Diego Art Institute, Balboa Park, California


SELECTED PERFORMANCES

2006 Sandboxed, N Newbry Gallery, Carlsbad, California

2005 Henri Bobo Comes and Goes, Del Mar, California

2002 CrossFire, Leucadia, California


2002 Henri Bobo and Ground Zero, New York, New York


2000 Henri Bobo and Rhoda, Encinitas, California


1996 Face-to-Face, Arthouse Gallery, Carlsbad, California


1996 Tree Circle, Julian, California


1995 The Virgin Bride, San Diego, California

1994 The Bride Visits the Psychiatric Hospital, La Jolla, California

1993 Meat, UCSD Mandeville Center, La Jolla, California

1991 My Mother Myself, SDSU Art Gallery, San Diego, California


1990 Henri Bobo Joins the Group at Jerome Rothenberg’s Party, Encinitas, California


AWARDS


2022 Juror’s First Prize, Women’s Soaring Project

2016 Honorable Mention, Front Porch Gallery

2014 Juror’s Award, San Diego Art Institute

2013 Juror’s Choice, Cannon Gallery Biennial


2007 Honorable Mention, San Diego Art Institute

SELECTED COLLECTIONS


Private and corporate collections: United States, France, United Kingdom

Museum of Encaustic Art, Permanent Collection, Santa Fe, New Mexico

RESIDENCIES

Encaustic Art Institute, Santa Fe, New Mexico

PUBLICATIONS


2021 Ten Years of Encaustic Art, Encaustic Art Magazine

2014 Encaustic Art Magazine, “Excursions and In-Between”


2008 Ranch and Coast Magazine, “Nanette Newbry, Encaustic Artist,” Bob Stefanko


2007 KUSI Online News, “Encaustic Art”


2006 Lifestyle, “Sargent Art Group Exhibition,” Savannah Arrigo


2006 The Coast News, “Carlsbad Artist Gives 3-Day Performance Art Piece,” Chrystall Kanyuck



2006 KFMB Radio, San Diego, Sandboxed Performance Art


2005 Art and Gallery Guide, “Performance Artist Nanette Newbry”


2004 KUSI Television, Good Morning San Diego, Encaustic Demonstration


1980 Union Tribune, “An Affair of the Art,” Robert Pincus

EDUCATION

B.A., Major Visual Arts, Minor Theatre Arts, University of California, La Jolla


Extended Studies, Barbara Kruger, University of California, San diego and Los Angeles


Encaustic Workshops: RF Paints; Paula Roland; Jeffrey Hirst