Originally from Dallas TX, Nelson is an emerging contemporary artist living and working in Seattle WA. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Cornish College of the Arts in 2015 where he focused on sculpture and design. Nelson’s practice engages with abstract thinking to extract ideas and information by reflecting on experiences. This prompts questions about our surroundings and the dynamics of those interactions. These concepts of thought are explored through the use of common materials, systems, and formal aesthetics to create sculptures, objects and installation. Nelson’s material choices, in addition to the combination of conceptual and formal principles, lends the work to not discriminate against the viewer's knowledge of art but rather accepting their experience and thoughts in the conversation that’s generated. Nelson’s belief is that the value of art is to engage you in meaningful thought.
1991 Born: Warren, OH
1993 Dallas, TX
2011 Seattle, WA
2016 Two Dot School Residency, Two Dot MT
2015 Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle WA Bachelor of Fine Arts,
2014 Pilchuck Glass School, Standwood WA Student Residency,
2017 "P A T H S" Bridge Productions, Seattle WA.
2015 "Line. Form. Light. An Investigations", GlassBox Gallery, Seattle WA,
2014 "Structures", Nellie's Cafe, Seattle WA,
2013 "Distillation", L Space Gallery, Cornish College of the Arts,
2018 "Bemis Spring Show." Bemis building, Seattle WA.
2017 "Given Time. Given Place." Soil Art Gallery, Seattle WA. Curated by John Radtke & Phil LaDeau
2016 "FLOATERS" GlassBox Gallery, Seattle WA. Curated by Weston Jandacka
2016 "The Contemporary Print" Flatbed Press Gallery, Austin TX. Juried by Mary Heathcote.
2015 "Objects" GlassBox Gallery, Seattle WA. Curated by David Andrew Nelson
2015 "Out Of Sight: A survey of contemporary art in the Pacific Northwest" King Street Station, Seattle WA. Curated by Kirsten Anderson, Sharon Arnold, Greg Lundgren and Sierra Stinson.
2015 "Changing of our Strips", Main Gallery, Cornish College of the Arts. Curated by Melissa Feldman
2014 "Blick Scholarship Showcase", Blick Art Supplies, Seattle WA
2014 "#SHOW", The Closet Gallery, Seattle WA
2014, 2013, 2012 "Merit Show", Main Gallery, Cornish College of the Arts
AWARDS & HONORS:
2016 Two Dot School Artist Residency
2016 "The Contemporary Print" Best of Show
2014 Pilchuck Glass School Student Residency
2014, 2013 Stephen P. Walker III Endowed Scholarship
2014-2015 Installation Technician/Project Manager for Ben Zamora, Seattle WA
2014-2015 Artist Assistant for Megumi Shauna Arai, Seattle WA
2014-2015 Co-Director of The Closet Gallery, Seattle WA
2012-2013 Gallery Intern at Vera Project, Seattle WA