February 2017: Nancy Gambacourt 

Artist Nancy Gambacourt poses in front of a wall of handmade masks

February’s Featured Artist is Nancy Gambacourt, a graphic designer and illustrator from Brantford. Gambacourt studied illustration at Sheridan College.

Her first job, while still in college, was part of a group of creative people stationed at Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant; she grew surrounded by talented people working in visual art, music, and drama, and was fortunate to work with people who encouraged her creativity and confidence. She now works as a designer and illustrator, working with businesses of all sizes.

She lives what she calls a “dual life as an artist.” Part of her, she says, “is totally ingrained in the world of graphics for the business world,” while the other part explores creativity for her own pleasure. In her personal practice, Gambacourt enjoys having multiple projects on the go at the same time, and chooses not to define herself by one particular medium; she enjoys dabbling in drawing, painting, and various forms of three-dimensional work. Currently she is exploring materials to create small structures, specifically birdhouses; prior to that, she studied and created masks.

In both of these dual worlds, Gambacourt enjoys the challenge to create something interesting. She enjoys finding solutions when given parameters, whether that is be building or enhancing a business’ brand, or using a collection of materials to create something one-of-a-kind and tactile. Her personal style is what sets her apart as an artist, and she encourages all creative individuals to follow their own passions and develop their own sense of style, since “in this very competitive world,” she says, “it will set you apart and that is a good thing!”Gold medal for Parasport Winter Games

Recently, Gambacourt’s design was selected a winner among eight entries for the 2017 Ontario Parasport Winter Games medals. The 2017 Ontario Parasport Winter Games will be held in Brantford and the County of Brant on February 10 to 12, 2017.

To see more of Nancy Gambacourt’s work, click here to open a new browser window.

Photos: Nancy Gambacourt with a collection of masks designed and made primarily out of recycled/found inspirational objects; final gold medal design for the 2017 Ontario Parasport Winter Games.