Joan Nelson
American, born 1958
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Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
2018
Verdant Spring: A Group Exhibition,
Crown Point Press
2017
Landscape: Urban & Rural,
Crown Point Press
2016
Adams and Ollman at Seattle Art Fair 2016,
Adams and Ollman

As a critic once wrote about the landscapes of Joan Nelson: “There is, in short, nothing natural about these exquisitely fabricated nature scenes.” Nelson’s paradoxical twining of the natural and the artificial is in keeping with an established tradition of landscape painting and photography that includes, among others, the Hudson River School, photographer Carleton Watkins, and German Romantic painter Caspar David Friedrich. In her thickly painted panels, Nelson tames the wilderness, presenting pristine, perfect views suggestive of a longing for, and remoteness from, the natural world.