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Michael Nelson
updated: 06/13/2013
website: cargocollective.com/michaelnelson
 
   
 
 
     
 
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The Pit
Work
Pruning
Help Yourself
Poking The Snake
Working My Way Down
Shooting Star
Shut in / Locked in
Marker
The Wedge and the Ledge
Going Places
Broadcasting
Technology
Milk
Rest
 
Portfolio Keywords:  autobiographical, cartoon, documentary, illustration, psychological, figurative, humor, spiritual, narrative, gestural
 
 
The Pit by Michael Nelson
The Pit
Oil on Canvas
2012
24 " x  36 " 
Work by Michael Nelson
Work
Pencil on Paper
2013
5" x  8" 
Pruning by Michael Nelson
Pruning
Pencil on Paper
2012
8 " x  5 " 
Help Yourself by Michael Nelson
Help Yourself
Pencil on Paper
2013
8" x  5" 
Poking The Snake by Michael Nelson
Poking The Snake
Pencil on Paper
2012
8 " x  5 " 
Working My Way Down by Michael Nelson
Working My Way Down
Pencil on Paper
2013
5" x  8" 
Shooting Star by Michael Nelson
Shooting Star
Pencil on Paper
2012
8 " x  5 " 
Shut in / Locked in by Michael Nelson
Shut in / Locked in
Pencil on Paper
2012
8 " x  5 " 
Marker by Michael Nelson
Marker
Pencil on Paper
2013
5" x  8" 
The Wedge and the Ledge by Michael Nelson
The Wedge and the Ledge
Pencil on Paper
2012
5" x  8" 
Going Places by Michael Nelson
Going Places
Oil on Canvas
2012
24" x  30" 
Broadcasting by Michael Nelson
Broadcasting
Pencil on Paper
2013
5" x  8" 
Technology by Michael Nelson
Technology
Pencil on Paper
2013
8" x  5" 
Milk by Michael Nelson
Milk
Pencil on Paper
2013
5" x  8" 
Rest by Michael Nelson
Rest
Pencil on Paper
2013
5" x  8" 

Artist Statement

A Return to Work 

This body of work is a return to drawing after several years of commercial art making.   The drawings shown here are created during my morning commute. I have a small 5x7 sketchbook where I try to create a drawing everyday.  I take the 5:32 from Long Island to Manhattan.  Between the responsibilities of work and home, the commute gives me an hour to dedicate to this project. 

 The train rocks, my hand shakes and the drawing develops a nervous line quality.  Most drawings are of one figure in a minimal environment. Existentialism, labor, and time are recurring themes in my work. The ritual of drawing in the early morning allows me an hour of intense concentration; other works have grown from these dream-like drawing sessions.  The process of drawing on the train locks me in to this unique experience of physical containment.  The rail road has high back seats that provide me with cramped yet comfortable privacy. The train is silent. I usually listen to music similar in mood to my drawings. 

My goal as an artist is to make work that deals with what Leonard Cohen calls “sacred material, which is about the human heart and human desire”.  These drawings have grown and changed over the past year and in the process I have stumbled upon icons and illustrated situations that have symbolic meaning to me.  The process, subject matter, and an evolving figuration are part of what I find interesting in this body of work, which has grown to over 300 drawings.  

 In the end, my work is about staying human in the modern world, and hopefully creating something authentic and at times funny.

Artist Bio / CV

MICHAEL NELSON

michael.nelson1@verizon.net

(917) 664 - 2233

EXHIBITIONS

Mass Transit Valley Stream, NY   Do What You Do: Group show June 2010

wonkavisionmagazine.com  Do What You Do: Long Island Area Artists Doing Their Thing by Ellen Thompson June 2010

440 Gallery Park Slope Brooklyn   Small Works show. Juror/ Curator Charles Long December 2010

Hofstra University Hempstead, NY   Art Education Group show, Hagedorn Hall 2006

Collective Unconscious New York, NY   Group show, “Perfectly Imperfect”. Performance, painting. November 2002

Artists Space New York, NY   Night of a Thousand Drawings. 2001

Irving Sandler Artist files. artistsspace.org 1996-Present

Art Advocate.com New York, NY   Featured artist 1996

Gallery BAI New York, NY   Three person show; paintings. Catalog available. May 1997

Della Pace New York, NY   Solo show; the Small October paintings. June 1995

PIANOS Gallery and Performance Space New York, NY Group show; The Baby Animal Circus. Performance, Installations, paintings. March 1995

Open Studios Astoria, NY   Paintings, installation February 1994

The Von Holtzbrinck Group Show New York, NY  National Arts Club, paintings May 1992

National Arts Club New York, NY.  Group show; paintings March – April 1991

The Society of Illustrators New York, NY.  Group show; painting. Entry published in Illustrators 31 October 1990

RELATED EXPERIENCE:

URBAN OUTFITTERS

· District Display Manager, New York, NY Present

· Senior Display Artist and Mentor, New York, NY 2006- 2010

· District Display Manager, New York 2001 - 2006

· Display Artist, SoHo Location 1996 – 2001

EDUCATION:

Hofstra University Hempstead, NY 2005 - 2007.  Master of Science in Education, Fine Arts Education. with Distinction.  Certified Art Teacher: Initial certificate, Visual Arts K-12

Fashion Institute of Technology  New York, NY 1991.  Bachelor of Fine Arts, Major: Illustration

AWARDS:

Partnership Award, Urban Outfitters 2005Bernard Hans Hessel Memorial Award. Awarded by the National Arts Club 1991

Society of Illustrators Annual Scholarship Competition 1990

Educational Foundation Scholarship for Outstanding Merit in Illustration 1989