“Over the years I've heard Nelson's work described as Outsider Art, Pop, and Primitive. Maybe it's all of the above. What I do know is John has perfected the combination of playful and poignant. Using a diverse mix of materials in both painting and sculpture, he's developed a unique language over the years with the use of societal, political ancedotes and familiar cultural icons. Nelson has cteated a landscape all his own, both introspective and whimsical, much appreciated qualities, in this ever-changing moment in time.”
Covington Jordan, Director, Gebert Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM.