KARIN NELSON

Profile | Statement | Biography


Karin Nelson • Profile

 

Karin Nelson

Palette knives, bristle brushes, brayers, forks –  these are just some of the tools Karin Nelson uses as she explores how far she can go in abstracting her subjects.  Embracing the impression of the scene, she walks the tightrope between giving hints needed to portray dimension and recognition of the scene, and pulling back in order to leave room for the viewer’s imagination.  She exposes previous layers, playing with the way the texture of canvas grabs acrylic paint. Transparent foundational washes and layers of opaque paint interact with thick and thin brushwork, drips and marks. The fast-drying quality of acrylic allows her to adjust areas as she paints, letting the strokes and marks create their own beauty and reality.  

Nelson begins with a strong sense of inspiration, but avoids sketches or studies.  She paints directly on the canvas, delighting in the contrast of color and tone and abstracting her compositions with strong lines.  She describes her experience as a three-way conversation between the scene, the canvas and herself, as she works to capture lighting, mood and a sense of place within her own style and textural application of paint.

Karin Nelson began painting in 2009. Her passion and skill grew quickly and in 2010, she left her position in administration to pursue painting full-time.


Karin Nelson • Statement

“Timeless structures” are my current focus and fascination. Whether an urban scene of strong, stately buildings, or the rural counterpoint of humble, weathered barns…some in use, and some now neglected…, these manmade structures appeal to my visual senses through their strong, masculine lines. On a deeper level, they pique my interest regarding the lives which are intertwined with their existence, both past and present. By the time I have pondered and painted their elements, I begin to feel the thread of connection to their history. And strange as it may be, by the mere actuality of recording their existence on canvas, in a small way I humbly become part of their history, as “the artist who painted (fill in the blank).”


Karin Nelson • Biography

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2016
"sELECTED Works", LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI

"ArtPrize Eight", Women's City Club, Grand Rapids, MI

"Toast", LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, MI

"Everyone in the Pool", LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, MI

"Collective Alchemy", LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI

“New Faces,” Gallery Uptown, Grand Haven, MI

2015
Muskegon Museum of Art, Regional Exhibition, Muskegon, MI

GR Festival of the Arts, Regional Exhibition, Grand Rapids, MI

2014   
GR Festival of the Arts, Regional Exhibition, Grand Rapids, MI

MI Arts Visual Competition, Holland, MI

2012   
GR Festival of the Arts, Regional Exhibition, Grand Rapids, MI

2011    
Celebration of the Arts, Grand Rapids, MI

GR Festival of the Arts, Regional Exhibition, Grand Rapids, MI

MI Arts Visual Competition, Holland, MI

2010   
GR Festival of the Arts, Regional Exhibition, Grand Rapids, MI

HONORS & AWARDS

2015         
Warner, Nocross & Judd Purchase Award
Sam Afendoulis Memorial Award
Eunice Gavan Purchase Award

2014         
Poster Winner for nationally-renowned Tulip Time Festival
Warner, Nocross & Judd Purchase Award
City of Grand Rapids Purchase Award

2011  
ILF Award
Warner, Nocross & Judd Purchase Award

COLLECTIONS

Haworth (Office of Chairman), Zeeland, MI

Holland Hospital, Holland, MI

City of Grand Rapids, GR, MI

Holland Musem (permanent collection), Holland, MI

Pennock Hospital, Hastings, MI

Crisis Care Network

Warner, Norcross & Judd

Dr. David G. Hudson, DDS

Dr. Michael Kelly

MEDIA

2014   
"Tulip Time" Fox 17 TV, Evening News Holland Sentinel News WHTC Radio Interview City of Holland Television, Interview West Michigan Woman Magazine

2011   
Fox 17 TV Morning Show

2010   
Grand Rapids Press