January 15 – 19, 2014. Fresh Paint Gallery (Culver City) will feature Polka Dots for Holly Solomon at the LA Art Show, the largest platform for contemporary art in the West. Click here for info.
Q: If you look really closely, you can see words on the sculptures. What are those? A: They are screen-printed affirmations … each sculpture has its own affirmation, such as “Really amazing,” “Everything will be okay,” “Everything here is wonderful.” Kelly Huang for The Arizona Republic Click here to read.
Art Auction: February 8, 2014 “Teologia” is framed, 37″ x 29″, mixed media on paper. Contemporary Forum’s Annual Art Auction, is CF’s major fund-raiser. Funds raised at this event are used to purchase works of art for Phoenix Art Museum. Click here to preview artwork.
“When placed together these columns of various width, resemble a forest. they appear as 3D manifestations of his 2D works, almost as if they have stepped out of the paintings.” Jenna Duncan for JAVA Magazine.
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“Both comic and menacing, smart and dumb, This array of decorous patterns revel in materiality.”
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“These two works (one 2-d and one 3-d) conjure iconic folk art forms and imagery that touch on the sectarian and socially mish-mashed nature of the Arizona experience.” Click here to view exhibition.
Number 51 on the New Times “100 Creatives” list.
“Good work should always … have small isolated figures, fragmented heads, shadow play, words, flowers and small animals.” Click here to read interview.
“Nelson’s work is at once urban and rustic, unsettling and folksy—reminiscent of San Francisco’s Mission School in the ’90s.” Rani Molla. Click here to read.
“By manipulating the relationship between form and symbolism, Nelson encourages viewers to create connections, to assert their own ideas and interpretations. Each painting is a visual crossword or jigsaw puzzle; the rich symbolic metaphors both idiosyncratic and universal.” Click here for Review.