… by process and technique, I have allowed my work to evolve as an examination of self. There are seemingly endless parallels between how I approach my relationship with a subject, and how I approach my relationship with myself— perpetually excavating and exploring the layers beneath the physical in search of a deeper truth.
My approach to form is always one that is born from a place of curiosity, limitless potential and an acceptance of what something wants to be, versus what I think it should be. My work is a manifestation of who I want to be and how I want to be seen and heard, so I create with the intent of energetically communicating through these reflections what I feel cannot be said.
Using textures and microscopic elements of the natural world, I thrive on giving things new life, purpose and movement. Reviving these details found in nature reshapes the way in which I exist as nature myself. My practice has become one of closely observing patterns and behaviors in nature and in my individual self, translating them as forms balanced in realism and abstraction. Creating entirely new objects with a message of pure love and life validates the intentions behind my work, which ultimately is to uplift the collective consciousness.
“Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse.” - Winston Churchill
Christopher Owen Nelson thrives in the vast landscape of the American West. As a Colorado native, he studied fine arts at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design where he learned classical methods in drawing and painting. While developing a deep appreciation for composition and form, Nelson focused on employing alternative materials; sculpting with used carpet, found objects and painting on glass. He continued on to pursue a career in construction— gaining valuable knowledge in concrete, steel and woodworking that would eventually lay the substructure for a new and innovative artistic approach.
Electric power tools became primary instruments, with paints and textiles applied at later stages in conceptual evolution. Nelson’s creativity is infinite, as is evident in all aspects of his life. As a successful songwriter/musician, he conveys feelings of beauty and loss, lightness and dark intertwine. These same concepts are mirrored in his visual art, where barren, leafless trees fracture solitary space. Nelson’s portraiture suggests that even the people we are the most intimate with will forever remain mysterious beings. Here, beauty is drawn from the darker aspects of life. There is a consistent thread that runs throughout all bodies of his work; a need to transform shadow and grit into something beautiful and smooth. Critical attention and art world accolades have been swift and abundant. Early honors include the Painting Award at the 15th National Prize Show, Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, Massachusetts (awarded by Paul Ha, the director of the List Visual Art Center at M.I.T.). Recently Nelson’s achievements in the arts have been featured in several national publications, including: Western Art Collector; Luxe Interiors and Design; Western Art and Architecture; Santa Fean magazine, and American Art Collector. Representation of Nelson’s work has been strongly focused in the greater southwestern region. However, through prestigious exhibitions and collections, his artworks have travelled the globe. Already in his career, this young artist boasts over a dozen solo exhibitions. Taos Art Museum, Taos, New Mexico; Southern Utah Museum Of Art, Cedar City, Utah; Colorado Governor’s Art Show, Loveland, Colorado; The Mint Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina; Boulder Museum of Art, Boulder, Colorado; The Art Museum at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky; 2 2 St. John’s College, Annapolis, Maryland and a solo show at The Gallery at 350 Bleecker, New York, New York are amongst the many museums and universities who have exhibited his work. Corporate and public art collections include: The State of New Mexico, Wisdom Tree Investments, New York, New York; Rocky Mountain Cancer Center, Boulder, Colorado; Distant Cellars Vineyard, Fiddletown, California; Goodwill Industries, and Ritz Carlton. Nelson’s creations reveal the dynamic nature of intrinsic existence, as thought and feeling align within a vision that is uniquely his own. Combining his skills in painting, construction and songwriting, Nelson illustrates deliberate yet subconscious narratives guided by lucid dreamscape. Mirroring his own self development, his work continues to grow in scale and in concept. Nelson is bound by no medium; creates in a perpetual state of research and development. Striking his own path, he cuts a wide road for future pace setters. Nelson thrives in leaps and bounds. The art world follows in double time.