Chicago artist Nancy Rosen talks about her work for ‘Grace and Frankie’ during the final season broadcast | Chicago News

It’s been about three years since we introduced you to the artist behind the illustrations for Netflix’s hit series ‘Grace and Frankie’.

With the show’s final season officially over, art correspondent Angel Idowu thought it was time to return to the artist’s studio in East Rogers Park for another visit.

For the past eight years, Nancy Rosen has created the artwork behind Netflix’s longest-running original series, “Grace and Frankie.”

“When ‘Grace and Frankie’ calls, it’s always a Hollywood emergency. I just go there, they call, and my husband looks at my head and it goes, click click click,” Rosen said. thing to do a painting for them. If it’s for an episode, it starts out as a thing because they don’t quite know. It just keeps morphing until it’s done.

But those chaotic clicks were put on hold when the pandemic forced production to halt after premiering the first four episodes of the final season.

Rosen says the break allowed her to work on personal projects, some she never would have done without the show.

“I did a whole bunch of dogs because I did the poodles for them,” she said. “So some asked me to do a dog portrait. Normally I say no, but painting the dog was so much fun.

But once production resumed, it was full steam ahead.

“Season seven, they hadn’t called me for most of the season. Then all of a sudden this chart was as bad as a heart attack,” Rosen said. for me. I’ll do this my whole life. The beautiful thing is that as an artist, you can do this until, you know. I love this hiatus.

Chicago artist Nancy Rosen created original artwork for the Netflix series “Grace and Frankie” during its eight-year run. (WTTW News)

At the end of the show, Rosen collected items she had lent to the production to make Frankie’s art studio more enjoyable.

“They either rented stuff from me or ordered it. Like I was doing a painting of Jane, it was for one episode,” Rosen said. “But these are paintings that I lent them. These are just in the background.

In a way, the character’s studio is Rosen’s studio.

“It’s all my little business. I remember they said, ‘Can you send brushes and send pressed tubes and oil bars?’ It’s all so authentic,” Rosen said.

Rosen reflected on memorable pieces from seasons past.

“Lily loved playing Frida. So she asked me to do a painting of Frankie as Lily as Frida as Frankie. introduced Jane as “Countdrinkula.” It was pretty special.

Rosen says the exposure of working on the show over the past eight years has led her to be commissioned to create more than 800 pieces. Although she doesn’t know what will come next, she looks forward to continuing the work that got her on this journey.

“It’s like a wave of welcome that came into my life and left like that (movements) and then it left. And it just left me with beautiful, wonderful feelings,” Rosen said. I would like to do more. I guess I like the interruption of what I get up and do every day. Today you’re going to draw a toilet. When they called a robot, it’s a woman who does donuts but it’s really bagels with sprinkles. You’re like OK, I never thought of a robot. I think that’s what I’ll miss the most.”

Rosen’s original artwork can be viewed on his website at

Follow Angel Idowu on Twitter: @angelidowu3

Angel Idowu is the JCS fund of the artistic correspondent of the DuPage Foundation.

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