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Christopher Owen Nelson

1816 San Felipe Circle
Santa Fe, NM 87505, U.S.A.
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Phone: 505-982-7447
URL: http://www.chrisnelsonfineart.com

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 ARTIST STATEMENT

Through my work I explore my own personal relationship with a variety of subjects that I have developed an

important bond with. I spend a majority of my time outdoors, particularly in a few areas where I like to fish

and walk my dogs. I am never in a hurry when I am there, and my mind always wanders far away. The environment

puts me in a state of meditation, which for me is normal, but now suddenly I am beginning to notice

life. I am awake. I am listening. Absorbing information from the water and the trees in such a way that it

makes me feel connected and attached. My growing familiarity with every minute detail challenges me to

appreciate these sanctuaries as relatives, rather than places I simply walk through or drive past. For

instance, I try to address the spiritual and emotional impact that a particular tree has had on me by trying to

understand it’s life, and by studying it’s characteristics and changes throughout the seasons, all the time asking

myself, “How are we are connected?”

My goal is to continuously analyze this connectivity in an attempt to convey the possibilities that lie within

the nurturing of a human’s relationship with his surroundings.

 

 

BIOGRAPHY

Christopher Owen Nelson thrives in the vast arid 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, whereby gaining valuable knowledge in concrete, steel and woodworking that

would eventually lay 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 fathomless, 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 Most

Promising Artist Scholarship Award, and being named as one of “21 Under 31 Emerging Artists”

earmarked for success, by Southwest Art Magazine. 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. Boulder Museum of Art, Boulder, Colorado; The Art

Museum at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, and St. John’s College, Annapolis, Maryland

are amongst the many museums and universities who have exhibited his work. Corporate and public art

collections include: 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 medium

that is uniquely his own. Combining elements of his skills in painting, construction and songwriting, Nelson illustrates

deliberate yet subconscious narratives guided by lucid dreamscape. 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 pioneers. Nelson exists in leaps and bounds. The art world follows in double

time.

 

Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse. -Winston Churchill

 

 

RESUME

BORN Denver, Colorado

CURRENTLY RESIDING Boulder, Colorado

EDUCATION Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, Lakewood, Colorado

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016 Sentience, Waxlander Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2015 Clarity, Aspen Art Gallery, Aspen, Colorado

2015 Out of the Darkness, The Gallery at 350 Bleecker Street, New York, New York

2015 Running From Time, Waxlander Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2014 Subconscious Space, Waxlander Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2013 The Fortune Tellers, Horizon Fine Art, Jackson Hole, Wyoming

2013 Absorb and Connect, Waxlander Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2012 Anchored and Drifting, Waxlander Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2011 Howard Schepp Fine Art, Palm Desert, California

2011 Horizon Fine Art, Jackson, Wyoming

2010 Vickers Collection, Aspen, Colorado

2009 VC Gallery of Fine Art, Sedona, Arizona

2009 Vail Village Arts, Vail, Colorado

2008 Vickers Collection, Beaver Creek, Colorado

2008 Wood River Gallery, Ketchum, Idaho

2008 Vail Village Arts, Vail, Colorado

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS (*indicates Museum / University / International)

2016 *Governor’s Art Show, Loveland Museum, Loveland, Colorado

2015 Holiday Group Exhibition, Thornwood Gallery, Houston, Texas

Annual Contemporary Art Survey, Lincoln Center, Fort Collins, Colorado

2015 Holiday Show, Waxlander Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

 

*30th Annual International Exhibition, Museum of Fine Arts, Florida State University,

Tallahassee, Florida

*Juried Portrait Exhibition, Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, New Jersey

*Art of Our Century, Woodbury Art Museum, Utah Valley University, Orem, Utah

*Expressions West 2015, Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, Oregon, Juror: Brian Hoover

*X Florence Biennale, Florence, Italy, Artistic Director: Rolando Bellini

2014 Incite Insight, Lincoln Center, Fort Collins, Colorado, Juror: Ivar Zeile

Murmurations, Hinge Modern, Culver City, California, Curator: Caspar Martin

*Less is More, The Mitchell Gallery at St. John’s College, Annapolis, Maryland,

Juror: Dominic Iacono

*Shoebox International Sculpture Exhibition, MTSU Todd Art Gallery, Murfreesboro, Tennessee,

Juror: Michael Aurbach

Forsaken Nature, Linus Galleries, online exhibition

Roots, Linus Galleries, online exhibition

2013 Landscapes, Light Space and Time Gallery, online exhibition

Mythical Beasts, One Mile Gallery, Kingston, New York

Scapes, Studio 12 Gallery, Denver, Colorado

2012 *Fish, University of Oklahoma, School of Art and Art History

NNAC, Nicolet College Art Gallery, Rhinelander, Wisconsin

2011 Fools Gold, Sasha Noe, New York, New York

*Illuminations, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder, Colorado

2010 Haro Gallery, Culver City, California

*Art In Bloom, The Art Museum at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky

2007 Tour D’Arte, Unspoken Word, Boulder, Colorado

2006 The Art of Living, Colorado Springs, Colorado

 

AWARDS

2013 Landscapes, International Art Competition, Light Space and Time Gallery, Jupiter, Florida

2012 Fish International Art Competition, Lightwell Gallery, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma

Curator: Cedar Marie

2012 Northern National Art Competition, Audience Choice Award, Nicolet College Art Gallery,

Rhinelander, Wisconsin, Juror: Sarah McKenzie

2012 Northern National Art Competition, Special Merit Award, Nicolet College Art Gallery,

Rhinelander, Wisconsin, Juror: Sarah McKenzie

2008 Southwest Art Magazine, Featured Artist: 21 Under 31 Emerging Artists, National

1998 Most Promising Artist Scholarship Award, Jefferson County, Colorado

 

PUBLICATIONS

2015 Saatchi Art: New This Week, featured artist Christopher Owen Nelson, selected by Chief Curator Rebecca

Wilson of Saatchi London, October 2015

2015 Coast Explorer Magazine, Expressions West 2015, March 2015

2015 The World Link, Winners at Expressions West 2015 Named, May 2015

2015 Painted Sky: 106 Artists of the Rocky Mountain West, E. Ashley Rooney, December 2015

2015 Cover, New Mexico Bar Bulletin, the official publication of the New Mexico State Bar, August 2015

2015 Saatchi Art: New This Week, featured artist Christopher Owen Nelson, selected by Chief Curator Rebecca

Wilson of Saatchi London, September 2015

2015 Studio Visit Magazine, Winter 2015 Edition

2015 Itch: The Creative Journal, featured artist Christopher Owen Nelson, Issue #15

2015 On View Magazine, 30th Annual International Exhibition, Museum of Fine Arts, Florida State University,

Tallahassee, Florida, July 2015

2015 MA-CO Italia s.r.l. macoitalia.it, featured artist Christopher Owen Nelson, July 2015

2015 The Rising Artist magazine, featured artist: Christopher Owen Nelson, projected

2014 Western Art Collector, Preview: Christopher Owen Nelson, July, pages 102-103

2014 Southwest Art Magazine, Where Are They Now, May, page 101

2014 Luxe Interiors and Design, Volume 12, Issue 1, Winter 2014

2014 Green Art: Trees, Leaves and Roots, E. Ashley Rooney, pages 124-125, 228

2013 Western Art And Architecture, Illuminations, October, pages 54,55

2013 Jackson Hole News And Guide, September 5th

2012 Santa Fean, review, April, page 43

2012 American Art Collector, May issue

2009 Denver Syntax, Issue 17, Spring 2009 Featured Artist

2008 Vail Daily, Front page and feature article, December 20th

2008 Plum TV Interview, Vail, Colorado

2008 Southwest Art Magazine, 21 Under 31 Emerging Artists

2007 TV 8 Interview, Beaver Creek, Colorado

2007 Wood River Journal, Ketchum, Idaho

 

SELECTED PUBLIC, PRIVATE and CORPORATE COLLECTIONS

GeoSouthern Energy Group

The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe, California

Wisdom Tree Investments, New York, New York

William Low, New York, New York

Jeff & Lis Coors, Golden, Colorado

Edward Burton, Hampshire, United Kingdom

Nancy Zeckendorf, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Lynn Kagan, Vancouver, British Columbia

St. Julien Hotel, Boulder, Colorado

Richard Avanzino, Danville, California

John & Sharyn Clark, Queensland, Australia

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP, Denver, Colorado

Chris Daughtry, Recording Artist

Christopher Dean, Olympic Gold Medalist

Hale Westfall, LLP, Denver, Colorado

Lipscomb & Pitts Insurance, Memphis, Tennessee

Face & Body Cosmetic Surgery, Miami, Florida

Amesur Eye Associates, Ridgewood, New Jersey

El Paso Animal Hospital, El Paso, Texas

Rocky Mountain Cancer Center, Boulder, Colorado

Steamboat Orthopaedics, Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Sacha Millstone, Millstone Evans Group, Boulder, Colorado

Steve & Cindy Laporta, Newtown, Connecticut

Debbie Birkhauser, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Boulder County Open Space Building, Boulder, Colorado

Goodwill Industries, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Jefferson County Laramie Building, Golden, Colorado

Central Bank and Trust, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Broomfield Event Center, Broomfield, Colorado

Law Offices of Thompson & Thompson, Denver, Colorado

Ron D. Thoman, DDS, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Dave & Kelly Mecartney, Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Tony Horton, Television Personality

Jae Hyung Cho, Billiards Champion

Horan and McConaty, Denver, Colorado

Colorado Precision Machining, Arvada, Colorado

Distant Cellars Vineyard, Fiddletown, California

 

ART-RELATED EXPERIENCE

Platte Forum, Denver, Colorado - Menton / College Access Mentor Program

The Dairy Center for the Arts, Boulder, Colorado - Preparator, assist with complex installations

The Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder, Colorado - Preparator, assist with complex installations

Art Feast, Santa Fe, New Mexico - Artist on site volunteer

ARTsmart program, Santa Fe, New Mexico - Annual contributor

 

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, Emmitsburg, Maryland - Annual contributor