January 7 - February 10, 2012
John Randall Nelson embraces the concept of artist as story teller and mystic. His symbolic amalgamations, which often consist of a central image superimposed over a collage of symbols and text, make intuitive sense of disparate parts. Influenced by “outsider” artists such as Bill Traylor and Simon Rodia, Nelson has added a cogent post-modern twist that transforms an outsider sensibility into narrative, text-influenced works.
A sculptor as well as a painter, Nelson’s artwork has been exhibited nationally and abroad. He has completed commissions for collections as diverse as, the National Endowment for the Arts, the United States Postal Service and the Perrier Corporation of Paris, France. Recent exhibitions since 2008 include; The Tucson Art Museum, Tucson, AZ, The Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ, SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM and Art Hong Kong 2008, Hong Kong, China.