NerdlyPainter

Art infused with Science

Massachusetts, United States · 15 Sales

NerdlyPainter

Art infused with Science

Massachusetts, United States 15 Sales On Etsy since 2011

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Announcement   If you need to work out a payment plan for an original you love, contact me and we'll work out an installment plan (layaway).

My background is in Science Research, and it worms its way into my art too ... very nerdly. Hence "The Nerdly Painter". My website http://www.NerdlyPainter.com
Online prints: http://regina-valluzzi.artistwebsites.com
Mailing List: http://eepurl.com/daiLQ (email only once per month and not given out to anyone)
I'm also on RedBubble http://rvalluzzi.redbubble.com and Facebook http://www.facebook.com/NerdlyPainter

Recognition
2010 Special Recognition for Edge of Eden in Landscape painting competition, 2011 Special recognition for Music of the Spheres in The Elements competition sponsored by the Light Space and Time Gallery online
2010 Interviewed on Cambridge Cable Television, by Danny Degug. The link to the recorded interview is here: http://www.blip.tv/file/4255617
2010 Drawing 'Gaia' Featured in Pink Panther Online Magazine http://www.calameo.com/read/00021430527b959ffb924
2010 Online - 4 works featured on the Redbubble Homepage, 1 work featured on the Fine Art America home page., Featured on the Women Artists page of the AROHO foundation, featured in Artist Quirk blog
2011 Biology of an Idea published in the Quotable, Artwork to be featured in Palooka Literary Magazine, Prick of the Spindle, Diagram, Oddball
2011 Vacuum Energy honorable mention at SMART international Science and Art Festival, Los Alamos, NM
2011 Density of states selected as a finalist in Strem Science Art competition


Artwork in Private Collections
New York , Netherlands, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Japan, UK , Canada, Texas

Artist Statement:
Artists often depict themes drawn from our experiences of the world. As a practicing scientist I've created a large number of images for a scientific context: images that were themselves data, images of data, images as illustrations of data and hypotheses, and images serving as guides to complex concepts buit up from data and hypotheses. These technical images are very different from the illustrations and images of everdyay things. Rather than a direct depiction, technical images must often serve as visual similes to data and hypotheses, and as visual metaphors for complex and often highly abstract concepts.

Imagery as similes or metaphors for abstract technical concepts is incorporated into many of my paintings. Often my paintings are abstractions and impressions of things I've seen molecules do, or paintings with rhythmic patterns reminiscent and inspired by theoretical concepts underlying my experiments. Lately I've been exploring ideas of cooperativity and connectivity; emergent phenomena, percolation, and other ideas from contemporary Soft Matter Physics, Biocomplexity and Ecology, Nanoscience, and Particle Physics. My art will often take key elements of complex scientific ideas and alter their context to one of artistic expression. This allows the works to simultaneously comment on the emotional content of scientific experience, and on the scientist's relationship to imagery and representation of complex abstract concepts.

Artist Biography
Dr. Valluzzi holds BS's in Materials Science (3) and in Humanities (21.6 - Music composition) with a minor in Visual Studies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and a PhD in Polymer Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. While Dr. Valluzzi is better known for her work in protein biophysics and bionanotechnology, she has always pursued her love of art. She studied painting at the Museum of Fine Arts Museum School in Boston while simultaneously pursuing her degrees at MIT. The balance of her artistic training has been self-taught, through experiments with paint and painting materials and various lessons from her father, who was also a painter.

A number of her original pieces have been sold into private collections (email for a listing), and she has shown in juried, non-juried, and ad-hoc shows for over two decades.


Shows and Exhibits

1989 Exhibit with Gerald McCarty at the MIT student Gallery
http://tech.mit.edu/V109/N8/val.08a.html
1989 Exhibited at the Newport Rhode Island Outdoor Art Festival
1990 Part of a juried group show sponsored by the Long Island Artists League
1992 Exhibited in the UMass Amherst graduate student lounge
2003 -2006 Artwork exhibited at Evolved Nanomaterial Sciences (on loan as corporate art)
2010 Exhibited in the Arlington Open Studios
2010 Exhibited in the Arlington, MA Jam N Java coffee shop, November 2010 through the end of December
2010 Exhibited in the Brighton Allston heritage Museum Indoor Arts Fair
2010 Exhibited in group show at the New School for Music, Cambridge, MA (juried, as part of a fundraising gala)
2010 'Woodshed group show', Woodshed gallery, Franklin, MA (juried)
2011 Melrose Arts Festival (juried)
2011 '9x12' group show, Ferencvarosi Pince Gallery, Budapest, curated by Beata Szechy
2011 'Identity' group show at the Brighton Allston Heritage Museum, curated by John Quatrale
2011 'Appearances' group show, part of the Provincetown Green Arts festival, curated by Dorothy Palanza
2011 'Images of Arlington' community Art show, sponsored by the Arlington Center for the Arts
2011 Keep a Child Alive, donation to charity Art show and auction
2011 Still Point 3, juried group show, Still Point online Art Gallery
2011 Beacon Hill Art Walk , MA
2011 Somerville Art Beat, MA
2011 "Paperworks" juried international show, bjspoke gallery, Huntington, NY
2011 "Rising Above" curated by Carson Grant, WSAC, NYC, NY
2011 The Gallery at 100 Market Street, Winter Show, Portsmouth, NH
2011 "Driven to Abstraction", UNH Law School, Concord, NH
2011 the Local Artists Project Winter Show, Blue Glass Cafe, Coply Square Boston
2011 Artists in the Arboretum, juried show, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, MA
2011 "Regeneration" juried regional show, Arlington Center for the Arts, Arlington MA
2011 Arlington open Studios, Arlington, MA
2011 Special Recognition, "The Elements" Light Space and Time online gallery
2011 Members Show, Attleboro Art Museum, Attleboro Massachusetts
2012 "Bridges" (juried, international)at the Joint Mathematics Meeting, Hynes Convention Center, Boston, MA

Represented by Turning Art, Next-Picasso

Announcement

If you need to work out a payment plan for an original you love, contact me and we'll work out an installment plan (layaway).

My background is in Science Research, and it worms its way into my art too ... very nerdly. Hence "The Nerdly Painter". My website http://www.NerdlyPainter.com
Online prints: http://regina-valluzzi.artistwebsites.com
Mailing List: http://eepurl.com/daiLQ (email only once per month and not given out to anyone)
I'm also on RedBubble http://rvalluzzi.redbubble.com and Facebook http://www.facebook.com/NerdlyPainter

Recognition
2010 Special Recognition for Edge of Eden in Landscape painting competition, 2011 Special recognition for Music of the Spheres in The Elements competition sponsored by the Light Space and Time Gallery online
2010 Interviewed on Cambridge Cable Television, by Danny Degug. The link to the recorded interview is here: http://www.blip.tv/file/4255617
2010 Drawing 'Gaia' Featured in Pink Panther Online Magazine http://www.calameo.com/read/00021430527b959ffb924
2010 Online - 4 works featured on the Redbubble Homepage, 1 work featured on the Fine Art America home page., Featured on the Women Artists page of the AROHO foundation, featured in Artist Quirk blog
2011 Biology of an Idea published in the Quotable, Artwork to be featured in Palooka Literary Magazine, Prick of the Spindle, Diagram, Oddball
2011 Vacuum Energy honorable mention at SMART international Science and Art Festival, Los Alamos, NM
2011 Density of states selected as a finalist in Strem Science Art competition


Artwork in Private Collections
New York , Netherlands, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Japan, UK , Canada, Texas

Artist Statement:
Artists often depict themes drawn from our experiences of the world. As a practicing scientist I've created a large number of images for a scientific context: images that were themselves data, images of data, images as illustrations of data and hypotheses, and images serving as guides to complex concepts buit up from data and hypotheses. These technical images are very different from the illustrations and images of everdyay things. Rather than a direct depiction, technical images must often serve as visual similes to data and hypotheses, and as visual metaphors for complex and often highly abstract concepts.

Imagery as similes or metaphors for abstract technical concepts is incorporated into many of my paintings. Often my paintings are abstractions and impressions of things I've seen molecules do, or paintings with rhythmic patterns reminiscent and inspired by theoretical concepts underlying my experiments. Lately I've been exploring ideas of cooperativity and connectivity; emergent phenomena, percolation, and other ideas from contemporary Soft Matter Physics, Biocomplexity and Ecology, Nanoscience, and Particle Physics. My art will often take key elements of complex scientific ideas and alter their context to one of artistic expression. This allows the works to simultaneously comment on the emotional content of scientific experience, and on the scientist's relationship to imagery and representation of complex abstract concepts.

Artist Biography
Dr. Valluzzi holds BS's in Materials Science (3) and in Humanities (21.6 - Music composition) with a minor in Visual Studies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and a PhD in Polymer Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. While Dr. Valluzzi is better known for her work in protein biophysics and bionanotechnology, she has always pursued her love of art. She studied painting at the Museum of Fine Arts Museum School in Boston while simultaneously pursuing her degrees at MIT. The balance of her artistic training has been self-taught, through experiments with paint and painting materials and various lessons from her father, who was also a painter.

A number of her original pieces have been sold into private collections (email for a listing), and she has shown in juried, non-juried, and ad-hoc shows for over two decades.


Shows and Exhibits

1989 Exhibit with Gerald McCarty at the MIT student Gallery
http://tech.mit.edu/V109/N8/val.08a.html
1989 Exhibited at the Newport Rhode Island Outdoor Art Festival
1990 Part of a juried group show sponsored by the Long Island Artists League
1992 Exhibited in the UMass Amherst graduate student lounge
2003 -2006 Artwork exhibited at Evolved Nanomaterial Sciences (on loan as corporate art)
2010 Exhibited in the Arlington Open Studios
2010 Exhibited in the Arlington, MA Jam N Java coffee shop, November 2010 through the end of December
2010 Exhibited in the Brighton Allston heritage Museum Indoor Arts Fair
2010 Exhibited in group show at the New School for Music, Cambridge, MA (juried, as part of a fundraising gala)
2010 'Woodshed group show', Woodshed gallery, Franklin, MA (juried)
2011 Melrose Arts Festival (juried)
2011 '9x12' group show, Ferencvarosi Pince Gallery, Budapest, curated by Beata Szechy
2011 'Identity' group show at the Brighton Allston Heritage Museum, curated by John Quatrale
2011 'Appearances' group show, part of the Provincetown Green Arts festival, curated by Dorothy Palanza
2011 'Images of Arlington' community Art show, sponsored by the Arlington Center for the Arts
2011 Keep a Child Alive, donation to charity Art show and auction
2011 Still Point 3, juried group show, Still Point online Art Gallery
2011 Beacon Hill Art Walk , MA
2011 Somerville Art Beat, MA
2011 "Paperworks" juried international show, bjspoke gallery, Huntington, NY
2011 "Rising Above" curated by Carson Grant, WSAC, NYC, NY
2011 The Gallery at 100 Market Street, Winter Show, Portsmouth, NH
2011 "Driven to Abstraction", UNH Law School, Concord, NH
2011 the Local Artists Project Winter Show, Blue Glass Cafe, Coply Square Boston
2011 Artists in the Arboretum, juried show, Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain, MA
2011 "Regeneration" juried regional show, Arlington Center for the Arts, Arlington MA
2011 Arlington open Studios, Arlington, MA
2011 Special Recognition, "The Elements" Light Space and Time online gallery
2011 Members Show, Attleboro Art Museum, Attleboro Massachusetts
2012 "Bridges" (juried, international)at the Joint Mathematics Meeting, Hynes Convention Center, Boston, MA

Represented by Turning Art, Next-Picasso

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Anonymous on Dec 20, 2011

5 out of 5 stars

So helpful! I bought this item way too close to Christmas, and it was shipped the very next morning. Thanks!

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Art inspired by Science

Dr. Valluzzi often paints using ideas and inspiration from her decades of experience in the
research sciences. She believes that we are all influenced by what we see, even in the sciences, where
much of what is seen is either difficult to interpret or entirely in the mind's eye. Dr. Valluzzi's work
dances around key concepts from the point of view of a physicist, touching on ideas, processes, and
interactions in the disciplines of Soft Matter, Polymers, Nanotechnology, Physics, Chemistry, and the
Biosciences.
Scientific imagery can be as impenetrable as it is intriguing and beautiful. Underlying many technical
diagrams , presentations of data, and scientific images are a set of commonly accepted rules that are
learned and internalized over years of study and publication. These rules and tightly codified visual
metaphors help scientists communicate complex ideas reliably amongst themselves, but they can also
become barriers to new ideas and insights. Because her images are abstracted and diverge from the
typical rules and symbols of scientific illustration and visualization, they provide an accessible window
into the world of science for both scientists and non-scientists. Her approach is often irreverent and
mischievous.
The name “Nerdly Painter” describes Valluzzi's approach to her subject matter, while also providing a
handy alternative to the myriad misspellings of “Valluzzi” that are common. There are number of
numbers, mostly from apocryphal stories, describing the names Eskimos have for types of snow.
Communities of Engineers and Scientists, notably the MIT community, have a large number of nuanced
terms to describe variants of nerdity, which is as ubiquitous to peoples of the technical regimes as snow
is peoples of the polar regions. “Nerdly” is a gentler, less hard-edged and more generally humanistic
form of nerdity than the more common “nerdy”, or the unwashed computer-tanned “geeky”.

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    Dr. Valluzzi often paints using ideas and inspiration from her decades of experience in the research sciences. She believes that we are all influenced by what we see, even in the sciences, where much of what is seen is often difficult to interpret.

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Last updated on July 24, 2013
Hello and welcome to The Nerdly Painter on Etsy. I spent a number of decades in academic scientific research, and science ideas have a way of sneaking into my Art. Sometimes they're subtle, sometimes they dominate. I can also be a "normal" artist sometimes. I've set this site up primarily to make purchasing easier and more straightforward for people who want my art.

If you want to find me offline or elsewhere online, I have a monthly newsletter with links and events right up top (and I do not share the list or use it for anything but 1 newsletter per month). Sign up is here: http://eepurl.com/daiLQ


I have several different shop categories to browse. Older work, simpler work, and smaller work tends to be less expensive.

I ahve a lot of mini pieces, especially drawings. It isn't always easy to find mats and frames for small work. There are several Etsy sellers who supply nice frames and/or mats for smaller pieces:

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TheArtTree
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Payment
* Paypal please. Most items ship within 2 business days. Special hanging hardware requests may take a little longer.

* If you are in the Boston area, I offer a discount for pickup of some of the larger pieces. Arrange to either come by or meet me at a fair (in this situation I'll accept a personal check or cash).

* You should love your art. Try it in your home for a few weeks, if you contact me within 4 weeks of purchase, you can return a piece hassle free. You pay the return shipping, but i'll issue a refund - no questions asked (but I'll read your emails if you want to tell me why it didn't work for you and possibly suggest alternatives)
Shipping
# Most items ship free to the US Canada and Mexico. Items will ship insured.
# Most items ship within 2 business days.
# If you want me to hunt down special hanging hardware, mat and frame your piece, attempt gift wrapping or other special requests please allow an extra 3-5 days. Please be advized that my gift wrapping skills are ... errrrm ... "lumpy".
# I have some experience with international customs and shipping art overseas. Contact me to work out the details.
Refunds and Exchanges
* Report any prints damaged in shipping for a full refund, I'll pay return shipping. A photo for insurance purposes is much appreciated.
* I will refund your cost and return shipping for originals damaged in shipping. Let me know if you'd prefer an exchange for an item of equal value.
* 14 Day guarantee for prints, 30 days for originals - if you don't like it on your wall, I'll refund your purchase as soon as the art is safely returned. You pay return shipping.
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The list is used ONLY for the newsletter which is sent out ONLY once a month - NO SPAM (because constant emails several times a week drive me crazy too). Sign up here:
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