The Still Point: Paintings by Nancy Cadogan that celebrate the joyfulness of solitude


On show from 13 June at Gillian Jason in London, The Still Point celebrates the beauty of the ordinary through a female gaze, which is poignant in itself, given the gallery is the UK’s first female-focused art space.

The exhibited works champion the “simplicity and beauty of the ordinary” and express the importance of “taking a moment” from the perspective of women. They consider the therapeutic qualities of being by oneself and doing what we please. “After the two years we have all had, we have learned how powerful it is for one’s mental health to be quiet and indulge in solitude,” says Nancy. Therefore, the viewer is encouraged to engage in mindful contemplation of each canvas and explore how we physically inhabit space whilst our thoughts travel through places, things, and memories.

Looking at the influence of literature in Cadogan’s practice, we see the depiction of books in her paintings as symbols of this quiet contemplation. “It’s the idea of the body being still and the mind being completely free,” she adds. Hence, the works are peaceful, colourful, and carefully orchestrated to create a sense of harmony and encourage the mind to wander on a journey. Each work is a snapshot if you will. A form of visual haiku where the ordinary takes on an indefinable significance, evoking sensory moments of awareness with poetic sentiment.




She Curates | Interview with Nancy Cadogan


A need to make sense and find calm in the world around us. trying to harness or describe a situation in a picture. 

A need to try to make sense of the world around me. to find order in the chaos. 


Having space and time to think and read and digest it all. and then to work really hard…. 


Integrity, calm and space. 


It has changed hugely, despite being still wholly figurative it has changed from observational to imagined and with that huge leaps have happened. 


I think that’s a really tricky question. As if I were generally to answer this i would say figurative art in general. 




Seurat’s “Bathers’ in the National Gallery, I saw this painting today and I was reminded that it is my favourite piece in the world. It has all the elements of stillness and privacy which most interest me in painting.


Oh, this is a good question, but so tricky. I think I’d like to sit with Leonardo da Vinci and listen and learn from his revelations.



In the Studio: Nancy Cadogan

Earlier this month we had the opportunity to have a tour with Nancy of her new exhibition ‘All the Good Things’, currently on show at The Cadogan Hotel, London, until October 31st.

Tell us about your current exhibition ‘All the Good Things’

‘All the Good Things’ is a presentation of 12 paintings which are going into a book called ‘From Soil to Table’which will be published at the beginning of next year. The book is a collaboration between garden designers and climate compost activist The Land Gardener’s and the wonderful chef, Lulu Cox.  

How does the work in the show relate to your previous show in Rome? 

The work in this show feels quite different to the work I made for ‘Gusto’ in Rome. The Rome show was an intense expression, meditation on the life of Keats, to celebrate his bicentennial, and thinking about how the time we were in echoed his experiences in lockdown. The paintings for ‘All the Good Things’ are entirely about celebrating the now, finding time to enjoy and relish the small and current moments, the beauty in the everyday and nature around you, celebrating friendship and nurture. The common thread in all my work is the emphasis on the idea of time. 

Have the events of the last two years affected your practice, and a change in inspiration or process? 

Absolutely. It is impossible I think for any artist not to be affected by the events of the last two years, or for anyone. The inspiration drawn from an increasingly domestic world, the emphasis on food and origins of food was extremely important. And finding the beauty in the everyday. 



Glass enjoys Nancy Cadogan’s new exhibition – All The Good Things

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THE previous 18 months has left us mentally frazzled and now, on our route out to normality, we find ourselves feeling physically frazzled too. British American artist, Nancy Cadogan’s new exhibition on the ground floor of The Cadogan Hotel is “just the tonic after a global pandemic!”

Consisting of 12 paintings scattered throughout the hotel’s hallway and lobby, Cadogan’s All The Good Things exhibition brings us firmly back down to earth. Depicting familiar scenes of a steel kettle with a glowing red on button, a steaming cup of tea, a fallen plant pot ready to be re-planted, a vase of daffodils, a bowl of lemons, “These paintings reflect on ways to live, finding the quiet and relishing in moments when we are surrounded by nature.”

We all know this imagery before we’ve even placed our eyes on Cadogan’s rich colour palette, brimming with the vibrancy of Matisse and the depth of Jan Van Eyck. The ease of Cadogan’s subjects have a profound effect on the viewer—you immediately feel unintimidated and welcomed into the artist’s tranquil world.




The British-American contemporary artist Nancy Cadogan has today revealed the exciting details of her latest exhibition entitled All the Good Things, which will open on October 13 at the charming Cadogan Hotel in Chelsea. Twelve new paintings will be installed throughout the ground floor of the hotel in an immersive experience which provides a fascinating window into the artist’s response to the global pandemic: a heightened awareness of the natural world and a new way of living. Steeped in colour, Cadogan has found beauty in the everyday objects and moments in life, working closely with The Land Gardeners to reimagine and share in their aesthetic. Detailed notes on each painting and a beautiful hand-drawn map provided a guided tour to the exhibition, and can be downloaded from the Belmond app. Free to view throughout October and during London’s annual Frieze Art Fair, this is one to flag in the diary now. All the Good Things



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All the Good Things by Nancy Cadogan, The Cadogan, A Belmond Hotel

How gratifying to announce Cadogan at the Cadogan, for that is what will be occurring. Nancy Cadogan, the British-American contemporary artist, will be showcasing 12 of her new works at Chelsea’s much-loved Cadogan, a Belmond Hotel. In her characteristically bright hues, Cadogan has illustrated her response to a heightened awareness of the natural world that came about during the pandemic. Installed throughout the ground floor of the hotel during Frieze, Cadogan has also designed a hand-drawn map to offer a guided tour of the exhibition with detailed notes on each of the paintings. 13 – 31 October 2021



Mind Zero. Una conversazione con Nancy Cadogan

Mind zero – in conversation with Nancy Cadogan (2019) è un documentario che approfondisce il percorso artistico della pittrice anglo-americana Nancy Cadogan (1979) in occasione della sua mostra personale presso la Saatchi Gallery di Londra, svoltasi dal 9 al 22 settembre.
Mind Zero rivela il processo creativo dietro il lavoro di Nancy. A metà tra un video portrait e uno studio visit, lo scopo di questo film è quello di offrire allo spettatore un viaggio tridimensionale attraverso ciò che sta dietro il lavoro dell’artista e la sua poetica, funzionando come una cassa di risonanza ed offrendo un ritratto non solo informativo, ma soprattutto immersivo”, ha commentato l’autrice e regista, l’italiana Dalia Simonetti, “non viene svelata solo l’artista dietro l’opera, ma anche la dimensione intima e casalinga, così prevalente in Mind Zero”.
I lavori di Nancy Cadogan sono visibili anche in questi giorni, fino al 6 ottobre, in una piccola esposizione intitolata Footnotes presso la Saatchi Gallery in occasione della British Art Fair.




New To London: Chat With Xavier Lablaude, GM Of Belmond Cadogan Hotel


What are some new offers guests can look forward to when they visit Belmond Cadogan?

We’ve just launched a fun new collaboration with British artist Nancy Cadogan. We have five of her paintings on display in the hotel until the end of the year and she has also designed some limited edition face masks, available exclusively for guests staying at the hotel, featuring designs from her 2019 show, “Mind Zero.” As part of the collaboration, Nancy is also working on additional artworks that will be exclusively exhibited here, taking inspiration from the hotel’s history with references to the floral and botanical motifs in the interior design.


Simon Armitage: Ode to my hero, John Keats

How to celebrate his bicentenary

Writ in Water
The epitaph on Keats’s grave in Rome — “Here lies one whose name was writ in water” — provides the title for Angus Graham-Campbell’s new radio play about Keats’s death, with Billy Howle (recently seen as Herbert Knippenberg in The Serpent) as the poet. Graham-Campbell has form on Keats. Twenty-five years ago he wrote a radio play to celebrate the bicentenary of his birth.
BBC Radio 4, Feb 23, 2.15pm

Young Poets Challenge
The Poetry Society’s Young Poets Network has devised a bicentenary project for young poets. “Write a poem inspired by John Keats, illness poetry and the pandemic” is the instruction. Simon Armitage seems to have done exactly that. Go to for details and tips for further exploration.

A real visit to Rome might be tricky at the moment, but happily the Keats-Shelley House museum — in the building close to the Spanish Steps where Keats spent his last weeks — is putting an exhibition of paintings inspired by the poet’s last year online. Called Gusto, it is by the British-American artist Nancy Cadogan, who depicts the “lanterns and windows, wine, letters and books” that may have surrounded Keats at the time of his death.

Keats House, Hampstead
Sadly, it’s temporarily closed during lockdown, but there is a virtual guide to the house and other anniversary articles on this website.

Poems on the Underground
Fittingly for one of the greatest Londoners, Keats is being celebrated on the Tube with a set of posters featuring poems by him, Shelley and contemporary poets “on themes dear to Keats”. If you aren’t travelling at present the website reproduces them all. There are also installations celebrating the poet at Hampstead Tube station, near to Well Walk where he lived for a while, and at London Bridge station, next to Guy’s Hospital, where he trained in medicine for two years.



The Irish Rock Star Remembering Poet John Keats

How to celebrate Keats’ bicentenary:

Listen: Tune into BBC Radio 4 today, for playwright Angus Graham-Campbell’s play Writ in Water, inspired by Keats’ life story. Or listen to actor Julian Sands reading poems by Keats and his contemporaries Shelley and Byron on

Compose: The Poetry Society’s Young Poets Network has devised a project for young poets. “Write a poem inspired by John Keats, illness and the pandemic” is the instruction. Go to for details and tips.

Visit: The Keats-Shelley House museum in Rome virtually. You’ll find the museum’s exhibition “Gusto” by artist Nancy Cadogan, inspired by the poet’s last year. Cadogan depicts “Lanterns and window, wine, letters and books” that may have surrounded Keats at the time of his death;

Watch: Try to track down Bright Star – a biographical romantic drama based on the life of John Keats and his relationship with Fanny Brawne. Directed by Jane Campion, it stars Ben Whishaw as Keats and Abbie Cornish as Fanny. The film’s title is a reference to a sonnet by Keats titled “Bright star, would I were steadfast as thou art” which he wrote while he was with Brawne.

Read: some of his poetry. Try “Ode To Melancholy”, essentially a poem about how to deal – and how not to deal – with deep sadness. Or “Isabella” – which always makes me see a pot of basil in a completely different light, once you know the full story!



Gusto an exhibition by Nancy Cadogan at the Keats-Shelley House

Gusto features sixteen new oil paintings inspired by the great Romantic poets and is named after William Hazlitt’s essay ‘On Gusto’, written in 1817. Cadogan created Gusto while in lockdown and what emerged was a body of work that strives to give hope out of the global health and economic crisis.

Nancy Cadogan’s works, described by The Evening Standard Magazine as “heaven on canvas”, are vibrant and vital and, by virtue of her love of Italy, of literature, and of Romanticism, find a natural home in the Keats-Shelley House.



Guide to art exhibitions in Romes’s museums and galleries in February 2021

1 Feb-31 May. The Keats-Shelley House presents Gusto, an exhibition of new work commissioned from Nancy Cadogan. The British figurative artist was tasked with creating a series of paintings that celebrated the life and legacy of the Romantic poet John Keats and to mark the 200th anniversary of his death. The Keats-Shelley House describes her body of work as a “deeply thoughtful and considered series of oil paintings, referencing her learned knowledge of Keats’s work and grounded in symbolism and hope for an uncertain future.” Piazza di Spagna 26, for visiting details see website.





Nancy Cadogan: Gusto

The last months of John Keats’s life, which he spent in a villa on the Spanish Steps in Rome, were miserable. The 25-year-old poet had a nasty case of tuberculosis, and in the end he wanted to die. But even before all this, in England and still healthy, Keats contemplated death, often using sleep as a metaphor: “O soft embalmer of the still midnight, / Shutting, with careful fingers and benign,” he wrote in “To Sleep” (1816), “Our gloom-pleas’d eyes, embower’d from the light, / Enshaded in forgetfulness divine.” To mark the 200th anniversary of his death, the British figurative artist Nancy Cadogan has painted a series on the theme of sadness escaped through sleep. A highlight is her peaceful, wistful Dreaming of Rome. Set against the dark walls of the Keats-Shelley House, the same villa in which Keats died, Cadogan’s colorful paintings are as much an ode to the poet’s final breaths as they are to his enduring lyric legacy, cut short just six fruitful years after he started writing seriously. —J.V.



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Nancy Cadogan pays tribute to the poetry of John Keats in a moving new exhibition.

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British artist Nancy Cadogan takes Rome with new exhibition inspired by the English Romantic poets

‘Gusto’ will showcase 16 new bright and vivid oil paintings.


Nancy Cadogan, the daughter of leading archaeologist Gerald Cadogan and the author Lucy Cadogan, is taking her show, Gusto, to Rome. Quite particularly, to the Keats Shelley House Museum. The exhibition is a tour de force of bright, bold colour inspired by the Great Romantic Poets and named after William Hazlitt’s essay ‘On Gusto’, written in 1817.

Nancy, herself, explains: ‘Gusto is a celebration of Keats [the English Romantic poet], and his sensuous romantic evocation of life. None of us could have known that Covid would grip the world and bring with it immediate and personal responses for every single person. For me, it made making work about Keats’s last days, in the company of his dear friend Joseph Severn incredibly, almost unbearably poignant.’

The exhibition will run from Saturday 31 October all the way to 27 February at the museum, which commemorates the Romantic poets and houses one of the world’s most extensive collections of memorabilia, letters, manuscripts and paintings relating to Keats and Shelley, as well as Lord Byron, Wordsworth and Oscar Wilde. It is conveniently located just to the south of the base of the Spanish Steps and east of the Piazza di Spagna.


London’s Culture Crush: What To See, Do And Experience In The Capital This Autumn

View some art at the Belmond Cadogan HotelThe five-star establishment, Belmond Cadogan Hotel has teamed up with British artist, Nancy Cadogan to show five of her paintings within the hotel until the end of the year. Limited edition face masks are also available exclusively for guests staying at the hotel, which feature designs from Cadogan’s breakout 2019 show, Mind Zero

“Belmond Cadogan Hotel has long been the place where London’s cultural and social calendars converge; from literary gatherings to curated art collections. The past few months have been such an extraordinary time for all of us. The collaboration with Nancy Cadogan and her exquisite artwork will spark moments of joy for our guests. Her paintings as well as the custom design masks will serve as a great reminder – to appreciate the simplicity of life and instill the sense of normality in all of us.” Xavier Lablaude, General Manager of Belmond Cadogan Hotel


StellaVision: tutte le opere degli artisti, March 2020

Tutte le opere degli artisti che hanno ritratto Malgosia Bela con i look della collezione Stella McCartney primavera estate 2020 per il progetto digitale #StellaVision.

StellaVision collaborated with Saatchi Gallery to host an at-home ‘life drawing’ of supermodel and friend Malgosia Bela, wearing our Summer 2020 collection, on IGTV. A group of global artists participated and produced work in their chosen mediums including Miriam Escofet, Massimiliano Pironti, Florence Hutchings, Denis Sarazhin, George Dawnay, Nancy Cadogan, Yifat Bezalel, Mona Osman, Alida Cervantes and Michael Cline. Join in too by sharing your art with #StellaCommUnity



Belmond Cadogan Hotel launches new collaboration with British artist Nancy Cadogan, August 2020

Belmond Cadogan Hotel reveals a new collaboration with British artist, Nancy Cadogan, featuring an installation of the artist’s collection and limited edition face masks commissioned for guests of the hotel. Nancy will also host a ‘salon’ evening, sharing insights into her upcoming exhibition, Gusto, launching in Rome later in the year.

Five of the artist’s paintings will be on display within the hotel until the end of the year. The limited edition facemasks, available exclusively for guests staying at the hotel,  feature designs from Cadogan’s breakout 2019 show, Mind Zero.



Art’s Most Popular… Exhibition and museum visitor figures 2019. April 2020

Based on footfall (3,329 per day), Nancy Cadogan’s show Mind Zero at the Saatchi Gallery was one of the top 100 most popular exhibitions in the world in 2019.



If you haven’t heard of the Gillian Jason Gallery, it’s about time you did, June 2020

Gillian Jason Gallery

If you haven’t heard of the Gillian Jason Gallery, it’s about time you did. Her vision for artistic legacy is bold and insightful and now, thankfully, totally accessible. The launch of a new 3D virtual reality digital platform means that you can view the gallery’s latest exhibition, “What We See”, from any device, anytime, anywhere. Specialising in modern and contemporary art by female artists (from the 20th Century to present day), Gillian Jason Gallery brings together eight critically acclaimed female artists including  Jiab Prachakul, Ania Hobson, Sougwen Chung, Emma Hopkins, Alina Zamanova, Russian artist Yulia Bas, contemporary painter Nancy Cadogan and the British sculptor Sadie Clayton. With a strong focus on the theme of identity and the female gaze, “What We See” is compulsory viewing. Gillian Jason Gallery 



Artist Nancy Cadogan on Keats, Gusto and the Keats-Shelley House in Rome, June 2020

Nancy Cadogan is a British figurative painter. She was named as one of the ‘Top 20 New British Art Talents’ by Tatler magazine, describing her as ‘the new Paula Rego’ in 2008. Since then, she has been featured as one of 93 women artists to exhibit at The Ned in London, for its permanent Vault 100 exhibition, amongst others. Her solo shows, Mind Zero and Footnotes (for the British Art Fair), were presented at the Saatchi Gallery in London.

Cadogan’s latest exhibition, Gusto at The Keats-Shelley House in Rome, chronicles Keats’s time in the capital, reflecting on his life in quarantine under the care of his companion, the artist Joseph Severn. Keats travelled to Rome in November 1820 for warmer climes to aid his increasingly serious illness. Forced into quarantine, the poet died from tuberculosis on 23 February 1821.

Speaking with Cadogan over the phone, I find out more about Gusto, the artist’s enduring reference to books and literature in her work, and the resonance of Keats’s life and death in Rome during today’s pandemic crisis.

By Jack Solloway



Paintings by Nancy Cadogan that celebrate the ‘deep sense of connection’ artists have with Italy

In her latest series, Gusto, Cadogan reflects on her close ties with Italy and hopes to support the recovery of the Italian art scene and tourism following the devastating impact of coronavirus.

The British artist has pledged to donate proceeds from the sale of her works to the Italian Red Cross, an organisation offering frontline support in hospitals to victims of the crisis.

By Tora Baker



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Masterpiece Magazine is a digital magazine published monthly by Turkey’s biggest private banking firm, Garanti Masters. Each month they host an artist on the cover of the magazine with an illustrated interview inside.


Nancy Cadogan and the relationship between art and interiors, September 2019

Art’s connection with interiors has been a long and fruitful one: from the fanciful rooms in Roman wall paintings to the refined domestic scenes of the Dutch Golden Age. The artist Nancy Cadogan, who is about to open a new exhibition, Mind Zero, at the Saatchi Gallery this September, frequently depicts interiors in her work. Her intimate, vividly colourful paintings convey the joy of everyday domestic life, and the great pleasure of being in one’s own personal space, surrounded by beautiful things. Here she explains how the houses in her life have influenced her work, and talks us through some of the artists whose paintings of interiors have resonated particularly over the years.


Nancy Cadogan on Lake Como, Conde Nast Traveller, August 2019

‘Lake Como is a second home for me. We have been going there for years and are fortunate to stay in the wonderful Villa Lucertola just outside Lezzeno, which was built by my husband’s great-grandfather in 1898. It’s crammed with memories from generations of the family and is perfectly situated right on the edge of the lake, in one of the most secluded and private bays. Access to the villa is via 200 steps from the main road and when you arrive, you step into a magical Swallows and Amazons-like world.’


What to do in London, London Evening Standard, August 2019

Claudia Schiffer’s art collection, British Vogue, October 2019

Suggested exhibitions, House and Garden, October 2019

Unmissable events, Country Living, October 2019

Katherine Pooley: Designer of the Decade, Architectural Digest China, September 2019

Interior designer Katherine Pooley included Nancy’s painting, ‘A Conversation’ in her shoot when she was chosen as Designer of the Decade.


British Artist Nancy Cadogan on life behind the canvas as a mother of three, The Grace Tales, August 2019

“Remarkably my great grandmother trained under Monet,” says the British figurative painter Nancy Cadogan.. It’s no wonder she’s gone on to become such an accomplished figurative artist. This month marks her first solo exhibition, entitled Mind Zero, at London’s Saatchi Gallery. A collection of f 11 large scale works, which she has been working on over the past two years, she captures the joy of thoughtful observation and delight in the things we surround ourselves with. We spoke to Cadogan about the life of an artist, how motherhood influenced her career and tips for buying art.



British Artist Nancy Cadogan on life behind the canvas as a mother of three, The Grace Tales, August 2019

“Remarkably my great grandmother trained under Monet,” says the British figurative painter Nancy Cadogan.. It’s no wonder she’s gone on to become such an accomplished figurative artist. This month marks her first solo exhibition, entitled Mind Zero, at London’s Saatchi Gallery. A collection of f 11 large scale works, which she has been working on over the past two years, she captures the joy of thoughtful observation and delight in the things we surround ourselves with. We spoke to Cadogan about the life of an artist, how motherhood influenced her career and tips for buying art.



Art Rabbit, September 2019

Review on a platform for international contemporary art exhibitions and events.


Art Week, September 2019

Review on a platform for discovering art.


London Art News, September 2019

An online platform about the arts, exhibitions and cultural events in London.



City Kids, September 2019

An online listing site of events for young people in London.




The Still Point: Paintings by Nancy Cadogan that celebrate the joyfulness of solitude



What To Do In London This Week. October 2021.



Best Autumn Art Exhibitions 2021. October 2021



Abbie Cornish as Fanny Brawne and Ben Whishaw as John Keats in Bright Star (on Amazon)

Simon Armitage: Ode to my hero, John Keats. February 2021



Nancy Cadogan: Gusto. February 2021



Talking Points: Things of Beauty. December 2020



In The Studio: Nancy Cadogan. October 2021