“Nelson’s exhibition focuses on the iconic theme of the west, but in true Nelson fashion creates a world all his own. In this story, Southwestern icons; Jackrabbits, rain drops, Peyote buttons and Narco Hip Hop are the obvious subject matter, it is a region where the summer resembles a thirsty desert trope and it’s shade that is sacred.” Nicole Royse for Arizona Foothills. Click here to read.
Gebert Contemporary features many abstract painters and has been displaying the work of Arizona artists since its 2001 opening. In March, don’t miss the impressive multimedia works of John Randall Nelson, who harnesses the power of icons and folk art to create simple, yet potent paintings. Nelson says, “In my work, carefully chosen iconic images and odd juxtapositions act as archetypes.” Amy Abrams for Art & Antiques. Click here to read.
“In “Release” a curtain of orderly raindrops was painted over a purple-black background. The piece brought to mind both tears and nourishing liquids and, like the best of Nelson’s works, was simultaneously smile-inducing and wistful. In addition to several corporate entities in the Bay area that regularly acquire his works, the gallery reported that young enthusiasts as well as more seasoned collectors acquired works from the recent show.” Doug McClemont for Art+Auction. Click here to read.
“A soaring, 35-foot-tall depiction of a beloved city councilman, 1970-78, and mayor, 1978-1994, as a stilt walker. Creator John R. Nelson intended the exaggerated dimensions of “Harry Above the Crowd” to represent Harry Mitchell’s “heightened sense of potential, performance and accomplishment.” Coincidentally, live stilt walkers regularly stroll the city’s Mill Avenue during spring and fall Tempe Festival of the Arts.” Lisa Polacheck for Where Magazine, 2015. Click here to read.
“In his most recent body of work titled “Flowered”, botanical vernacular extends beyond science to provocatively touch on the metaphors of romance, fecundity and life cycles. Nelson’s paintings and drawings are studies of language and iconography as code to human behaviors. Here the analogy between animal, plant and human reproduction represents “blooming” romance and the abundant fertility of flora, fauna and humana.” Andrea Schwartz for Andrea Schwartz Gallery. Click here to read.
Working with Designer Don Steward, Paul Dahmen (Director of FP Contemporary in LA) places “March Hare” in John Legend’s art collection. Click here to view video.
“John Randall Nelson: Phallic Affirmations”, a solo exhibition featuring lush, colorful paintings and towering sculptures in Nelson’s whimsical style loosely combining 60s traditions of Pop-Art and Pattern & Decoration. Nelson’s new works simultaneously affirm art in its ability to “mean something” while paradoxically “meaning nothing at all”. Miles Conrad. Click here to view exhibition.
“These sly paintings conjure cartoons, found signage, and modern hieroglyphs, and tie them together with lusciously patinated surfaces.” Kathryn M. Davis for ARTnews. Click here to read.
“Creating wood figures, some 14 feet high, the Tempe artist draws on the power of American Folk Art.”
Amy Abrams. Click here to read.
“Loosely inspired by the juxtaposition of the famous Holly Solomon (the late New York art dealer) and the infamous Holly Solomon (the woman who ran down her non-voting husband, blaming him for Obama’s re-election), Nelson draws on “Pattern and Decoration” to create a visual narrative of polka dots, symbols and texts.” Click here to view exhibition.