Nancy is the daughter of leading archeologist Gerald Cadogan, renowned for his work in Crete and Cyprus, and author Lucy Cadogan. As a young child, the family led a peripatetic life travelling across America and Europe for her father’s work before settling in Northamptonshire. She completed her studies at The City and Guilds of London Art School and Canterbury Christ Church University before returning to New York. There she shared a studio in the Starrett-Lehigh Building with artist Franco Ciarlo before landing two solo shows at Frost & Reed, New York.
In 2008, Nancy returned to the UK to present a new show of paintings about Ghana and Lake Como. After a quieter period raising her three children, she returned to showing new work, and in 2016 Nancy was featured in group shows in Miami, Southampton and London. In 2017 Nancy returned to London to present ‘Still Reading’, a solo show, for Sladmore Contemporary Gallery. Later that year, Nancy was selected alongside Tracy Emin, Rachel Whiteread and Cornelia Parker as one of 93 British female artists for The Ned Hotel’s Vault 100 collection, a permanent exhibition highlighting the disparity between male and female CEO’s.
In 2019, Nancy opened ‘Mind Zero’, a new series of 11 large-scale oil on canvas paintings to mark her first solo exhibition for The Saatchi Gallery, and signalling a new direction for the artist. The show was a sell-out success, praised by the global art world and media with The Evening Standard describing her work as “heaven on canvas”. ‘Footnotes’, Nancy’s follow up exhibition for The British Art Fair, continued the artist’s bold, new direction. In 2020 and 2021, Nancy will present a new collection of work for leading institutional and commercial galleries in Rome and New York.