Nancy Lee has succeeded , with an intense strength,  to prolong the fragile temporalness of the rose and has endeavored, i am convinced,  to seduce the rose to its immortality , to perpetuate it over the limits of time – the only possibility to encounter mortality.

– Prof. Francisco Ferrero Campos

Schöpferin einer Bilderwelt beseelt von Pflanzenwesen. Geboren in Japan, B.A. Fine Arts, Scripps College, Claremont and University of San Diego, California

Die leuchtende Transparenz ihrer Bilder, vor allem deren Transzendenz läßt eine vielfältige, vertiefte Ausbildung und Lebenserfahrung erahnen. Die Mutter von drei Söhnen spielt gerne mit Gegensätzen:  Makro Sicht von vergänglichen Blüten auf Großformat und Zartheit neben überraschender Kraft der  Pinselführung. Durch mystische, irrationale Beziehungen ihrer Landschaften erforscht sie die Unsichtbare Welt hinter dem Sichtbaren – die Seele der Dinge.  Der Betrachter wird förmlich hineingezogen in den prallen, sinnlichen Lebensfluß ihrer magisch-realistischen Bilderwelt.

„Wenn man in Seymann´s anfänglichen Blütenansichten versinkt, wacht man in einer abstrakten Phantasiewelt wieder auf….raffinierte verspielte Farbenintensität auf Leinwand…“        

 S. Sagmeister, Niederösterreichische Nachrichten, 2002

„…pflänzliche Schönheit – zeitlos schön und dennoch unverkennbar zeitgenössisch, für Zeitgenossen zum Zeitgenießen…“

Univ. Prof.  Dr. Bernd Lötsch, Direktor Naturhistorisches Museum Wien, 2001


Bilder in privaten und öffentlichen Sammlungen in Europa, Singapore und U. S. A..


Paintings of Nancy Lee Seymann

Prof. Francisco Ferrero Campos

Direktor, Instituto Cervantes in Wien

      Baden, 27 June 2003

Dear Friends, Baden is a City of roses, a city where it is possible to reflect on thousands and thousands of roses. A few days ago, we were in the Rosarium, where we were able to experience this beautiful park with extraordinary rose bushes, all colors, all fragrances, all the many sensations which can be found in this incredible place.

 I think the Rosarium is one of prettiest places to find  roses in Austria, and  feel very lucky contemplating here, as I often stroll between its gardens and fountains. That is why I’m living here in Baden.

Certainly, Austria is a country where  people like roses very much, but it is unusual to paint roses in more than a decorative way, to attempt to enter the essential world of flowers, especially roses,  (in cities like Berna: Park of  roses, Madrid, Luxembourg Gartens of Paris…etc). The Rose is Nancy Lee`s central theme. I´ve known Nancy for a while now and since I´ve known her, I´ve seen how she intends to penetrate the complex world of roses.  Because, dear friends, we are now in the time of roses, which signifies: a time of splendor, in the final act of springtime, the beginning of summertime, as well, it is the end of a working period for many of us who are starting summer holidays:  A closure in the formality associated with our serious persuits and the relaxation of rectangular lineal forms which lead to an  announcement of the circular, of  the spiral, of the unpredictable forms involved in the world of roses. Nancy Lee´s  painting is tremendously feminine in the forms she creates and in the anatomy of a very special world.

Sensuality establishes itself in this world, dreams and desires seem to pose and encircle the capricious forms which they accompany and the difficult task to seize them and let them go is immortalized in her pictures.

Nancy Lee has succeeded , with an intense strength,  to prolong the fragile temporalness of the rose and has endeavored, i am convinced,  to seduce the rose to its immortality , to perpetuate it over the limits of time – the only possibility to encounter mortality. For this she has required her extraordinary sensibility and has taken responsibility with the color of these roses, roses like loud cries, yellow, green, rose red, pink roses, violet. An example of lines and forms, of interiors, always intimate, botanical organs, petals,…which have taken on the transformation of vigour: “No la toques ya mas que así es la rosa”, or “Don´t touch it anymore, so is the rose” says the poet.. Nancy has developed as a painter who transports her feminine spirit to the rose, her most insinuous forms, the places in between and the intrigue, her sensuality, her capricious manner of describing life, fleeting life, precise, and of  this world that denies it.  Passion, sentiment, explosion of love  and that about which millions of poems have been written, millions of texts in all languages, because the language of the rose is universal. The rose is another form of expressing that which transcends languages and all phonetics.

The rose is, on the other side, a symbol of pain, of love, of suffering and of beauty.  It is splendor but also expression of impermanence and of degeneration.  And it is a woman´s name.  With Casida de la Rosa – written by García Lorca – a beautiful poem and today, here in Baden, city of the roses, these pictures are a testimony of that which every artist searches and longs for:  To capture beauty, to paint it, that it may be a synthesis of perfume and the knowledge that every rose could shatter in our hands.