The interests and abilities of artist Christopher Owen Nelson are as vast as the sea. Skilled in multiple artistic mediums, he has a passion not only for art, but also for music, gardening, fishing, and construction. It was while working in construction, in fact, that Nelson realized he needed to devote himself to being an artist. Though he had possessed an innate calling to create and experiment with art almost from the time that he was born, and though he had finished his education at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, Nelson had not yet realized the hold that art had on him—the necessity of creating it.
One day on a construction assignment, Nelson was framing a house with some other workers. “I’m not sure what fueled it,” Nelson says, “but I just walked over and I sat down…on the side of this property, looking out over the mountains, and I just started crying. I was like, ‘What am doing? What am I doing?…I’m an artist. I need to be a painter.’ And that’s it.”
Christopher Owen Nelson quickly emerged as one of the top young talents in Denver’s vibrant art community. He has pioneered the use of carved and manipulated acrylic, creating art that affects the viewer on a profound level. By portraying natural landscapes in an entirely unique way, Nelson is able to capture their raw and overwhelming beauty. This successful rendering of the natural world is due not only to Nelson’s innovative medium—carved and painted plexiglass—but also to his vision. Nelson is able to communicate beauty because he perceives it.
“Anchored and Drifting: A One-Man Show of New Paintings by Christopher Owen Nelson” opens at Waxlander Gallery on May 22nd and runs through June 4th, with an artist reception on Friday, May 25th from 5 to 7 PM.