Calef, Robert, 1648-1719, known primarily as author of More Wonders of the Invisible World (1700). A Boston cloth merchant, probably born in England, he bitterly attacked Cotton Mather for his part in the Salem, Mass., witchcraft trials. The book, published in London because Boston printers would not accept it, generally condemned the view of witchcraft then prevailing and had a salutary effect throughout New England. It is reprinted in S. G. Drake, comp., The Witchcraft Delusion in New England (3 vol., 1866, repr. 1970).
Nancy Calef is a contemporary American figurative painter who originated the process of sculpting off the canvas with clay, creating 3-dimensional “Peoplescapes.” Born in New York City, Calef completed Bronx High School of Science at age 15 and received a scholarship from the College of New Rochelle to study painting and sculpture. She exhibits widely in museums and galleries in solo and group shows.

Calef’s oil and mixed media paintings satirize the foibles of human nature while addressing issues of contemporary society. Calef served as an artist in residence at the State of the World Forum, where she painted and drew religious and political world leaders including Mikhail Gorbachev and Queen Noor of Jordan.

Her work has been shown at major exhibitions at the Fresno Art Museum and the Clayton Patterson Outlaw Museum in New York City. Her painting entitled Modern Deluge was shown in a 2004 national juried exhibition entitled “Perceptions of the President” at Koo’s Gallery in Long Beach, California.

Calef’s solo shows have included those at the George Grevsky Gallery, Fort Mason Center and Live Worms Gallery in San Francisco. Her work is on continual display at the Beat Museum in San Francisco. Calef’s work is also represented in private collections in Spain, Germany, Thailand, Greece, and throughout the United States.

Calef lived in Europe and Thailand, traveled throughout the U.S., Mexico, Central America, Southeast Asia, India and Nepal.

“Her Peoplescapes are a must-see!" Nicole Meoli -- WHERE Magazine

“When I first saw Nancy Calef’s paintings, I thought, ‘Now here’s an original idea.’— Jack Levine

She is the wife of author Jody Weiner.


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