Dona Nelson, ‘Waterfront’, 2017, Galerie Kornfeld

About Dona Nelson

Dona Nelson creates paintings in which the material canvas suggests an inability to contain the composition—for example, when the composition is “too big” or when there is “too much of one color.” In her art, Nelson is interested in the painting’s ability to embody the nature of a visual, emotional, or intellectual experience. Often likened to the heroes of Abstract Expressionism, Nelson’s process references Barnett Newman’s steady zips and, further, reflects a seemingly more meditative approach to Jackson Pollock’s drip paintings.

American, b. 1947

Group Shows on Artsy

2017
We might not have a planet left soon, Galerie Kornfeld, Berlin
2017
Painters Sculpting/Sculptors Painting, Fleisher/Ollman, Philadelphia
2015
PRETTY RAW: AFTER AND AROUND HELEN FRANKENTHALER, Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Waltham