Anchored and Drifting – Christopher Owen Nelson
Waxlander Art Gallery is proud to kick off its 2012 season with an exhibition by its newest artist! Denver native Christopher Owen Nelson will present his most recent works in a one-man show entitled “Anchored and Drifting.” Nelson’s one-of-a-kind acrylic carved and painted plexiglass pieces, marked by their bold use of color, establish him as an innovator: a passionate artist who puts his own refreshing spin on the traditional landscape, daring to push conventional boundaries of color, scale, and controlled emotion—and continuing to push his own boundaries as an artist.
Born in Denver, Colorado, in 1979, Nelson possessed an innate calling to create and experiment with art. Self-trained as a teenager and then formally educated at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, he quickly emerged as one of the top young talents in Denver’s vibrant art community. Nelson’s work transcends genres, defying the established labels of the art world. He has pioneered the use of carved and manipulated acrylic, creating art that affects the viewer on a profound level. His aggressive manipulation of color and abstractions, as well as his unique portrayal of familiar landscapes, allows him to capture beauty as the eye beholds it: new, exciting, and constantly evolving.
“My goal,” says Nelson, “is only to capture just a piece of the beauty I see around me, and do it some small justice through my vision.” His vision, as evidenced by his art, is rare, potent, and bursting with creative energy. Nelson skillfully harnesses this energy in his paintings. It is present in his vivid use of color, in the twisting tree branches and bulbous clouds that leap forth from plexiglass, and in the excitement that courses through viewers as they witness his art.
“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.
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