another new artist to introduce to our collectors! it is so exciting to find a new artist that we want to exhibit at the gallery. we have been beefing up our stable of artists since the expansion is looming ahead as in next month! there are many factors that go into showing an artist...price, availability, bio, amount of paintings they produce just to name a few. we usually an artist for a few years before we take the step to actually carry their work. but there are a few rare occasions of love at first sight and hopefully everything else falls into place. jenny nelson was in the latter scenario. after a long weekend of scouring every gallery in chelsea and attending two art fairs in nyc with no luck we found her hanging serenely on a wall looking lovely.
although my early artistic training was focused on the classical and representational, it has always been my natural instinct to depict my surroundings in abstract forms. most of the paintings evolve as an intuitive reaction to my surroundings, be it interior space, inner space, or landscape. to evoke this kind of sensory memory in my work I apply many layers of paint, using gesture and an internal sense of color. traces of previous layers will remain visible, allowing colors to interact in ways I could not have anticipated. in this way a composition is arrived at through a series of decisions that are both conscious and unconscious. with great sensitivity to these evolving colors and forms, a very personal abstract language emerges. focusing on particular shapes or compositions for long periods of time will often result in a series of closely related paintings, which have fully explored my current interest. the paintings are an ongoing process of addition and subtraction until everything on the canvas co-exists with a depth and intensity that seems balanced to me.
abstract can be hard but jenny nelson's paintings are just down right beautiful and sophisticated all in one! jenny attended maine college of art in portland maine, and graduated with a bfa from bard college, where she received a scholarship to the lacoste school of the arts in france. she has been living and working in woodstock, new york, for 18 years, including an artist in residence at the byrdcliffe art colony from november 2004-08.
paintings by jenny nelson with be included in our 15th year exhibition in our new expanded space March 2013! We are thrilled to be showing her beautiful paintings!