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Artist Statement

Some develop a world view through acquisition of unbiased knowledge, but the world view of many is pre-ordained by culture, or manipulated by institutions. The world today is striking in its defined sides. How can there be such distinct good and bad in the world while most, in their heart, are on the side of good?

I'm interested in contrast; innocence/corruption, the infinite/the finite, past/future, good/evil. It’s fascinating how meanings can change depending on point of view. I strive for images that are defined differently by each observer. An image where their experiences, prejudices and beliefs all combine into the final experience of the work.

LINKS

Hi Fructose - Robert Nelson’s Mixed-Media Clashes of Culture, Ideas

ARTFIXdaily - MOAH - The Robot Show

VoyageLA - Meet Robert Nelson

Easy Reader News - Bigger and better: “CA 101” art show

Beautiful Bizarre - Color, Contrast, and Comics: The Paintins of Robert Nelson

Fabrik - Robert Nelson “Dialogs”

Diversions LA - Real/Surreal: Robert Nelson

Art & Cake - Robert Nelson: Renaissance Redux

Bizzare Beyond Belief Magazine - Robert Nelson: Various Paintings

SHOWINGS

2019

Art Bar LA, Los Angeles CA – Metamorphosis
Art Bar LA, Los Angeles CA – Made You Look
CA 101 Gallery, Redondo Beach – CA CA 101 2019
Tag Gallery, Los Angeles CA – 2019 California Open Exhibition
Venice Institute of Contemporary Art, San Pedro CA – Edge to Edge
LA Artcore, Los Angeles CA – The Quark Show: Charm and Strange
Quad Gallery, Riverside City College – Pop not Soda
Thinkspace Projects, POW! WOW! Hawai’i
BG Gallery, Santa Monica CA – Santa Monica Now and Then
Angel City Brewery, Los Angeles CA – Keep it Fresh

2018

Thinkspace Projects, Scope Miami Beach 2018
Los Angeles Art Association/Gallery 825, Los Angeles CA – Dialogs With the Future
Jonathan Levine Projects, Jersey City NJ – Delusional
Museum of Art and History (MOAH), Lancaster CA – Awakening
Lyceum Theatre, San Diego CA – Bottle Rocket to the Future
Los Angeles Art Association/Gallery 825, Los Angeles CA – Bunk
TAG Gallery – Los Angeles CA – L.A. Open 2018

2017

Art Share L.A., Los Angeles CA – Pop Surreal Playground
MuzeuMM, Los Angeles CA – Gimme 5!
Hyde Gallery – Grossmont College, El Cajon CA – If You Lived Here
Sahara West Library Gallery, Las Vegas NV – Rara Avis
Brainworks Gallery, Los Angeles CA – Dialogs With The Future
Annenberg Community Beach House Gallery, Santa Monica CA – Personal Narrative
Art Share L.A., Los Angeles CA – High Priestess
C.A.V.E. Gallery, Venice CA – It Was All a Dream
Art on 30th, San Diego CA – On the Edge

2016

Los Angeles Art Association – Gallery 825, Los Angeles CA – LAAA Open Show 2016
Fallbrook Library, Fallbrook CA – The Endless Line
Coagula Curatorial, Los Angeles CA – Sweet 16
Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery Los Angeles CA – LAMAG Open Call 2016
TAG Gallery – Santa Monica CA – 2016 California Open Exhibition
Front Porch Gallery, Carlsbad CA – 2016 Annual Juried Exhibition
Artcore Brewery Annex, Los Angeles CA – 2nd Annual Competition and Exhibition
Los Angeles Art Association – Gallery 825, Los Angeles CA – Non Sequitur
Laemmle's Playhouse, Pasadena CA – Pasadena Art Show
Escondido Municipal Gallery, Escondido CA – Contemporary Realism
Southwestern College, Chula Vista CA – Gesture & Mark

2015

Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa CA – Applied Pressure
Cannon Art Gallery, Carlsbad CA – West Coast Drawing
Roam Creative, Topanga CA – Prime Cuts
Sananda Gallery, Venice CA – Dawn
Cannibal Flower, Los Angeles CA – Featured Artist
Los Angeles Art Association – Gallery 825, Los Angeles CA – Adorn

2014

Exact Science, Los Angeles CA – Grand Opening
Jeanie Madsen Gallery, Santa Monica CA – I heART LA
The Gabba Gallery, Los Angeles CA – Bright Ideas
Los Angeles Art Association – Gallery 825, Los Angeles CA – Babies Bunnies and Bombs
Pacific Beach/Earl & Birdie Taylor Library, San Diego CA – An Honest Medium
PI Gallery, Los Angeles CA – This is Happening
CAP Gallery, Laguna Beach CA – Drawing Backwards – West Coast Drawing
The Gabba Gallery, Los Angeles CA – Wish List X2

2013

Bonita Museum and Cultural Center, Bonita CA – Drawing Alive
Cannibal Flower, Los Angeles CA – 13th Anniversary
Los Angeles Art Association – Gallery 825, Los Angeles CA – POP UBER ALLES
Noel–Baza Fine Art, San Diego CA – Inside Outside – Robert Nelson Drawings
Los Angeles Art Association – Gallery 825, Los Angeles CA – Radical Stimulus
Los Angeles Art Association – Gallery 825, Los Angeles CA – Gleaming Apollo

2012

Cannon Art Gallery, Carlsbad CA — 2012 Invitational
Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana CA – Sharp End of the Stick – West Coast Drawing

2011

Noel–Baza Fine Art, San Diego CA – Lucid Dreams
Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana CA – DEEP
Noel Baza Fine Art, San Diego CA – Drawings by Robert Nelson
San Diego Library, San Diego CA – The Ninth Annual Invitational Drawing Show
Cannon Art Gallery, Carlsbad CA – 2011 Juried Biennial

2010

Oceanside Museum of Art, Oceanside CA – West Coast Drawing: Intimate Views
Project X: Art, Solana Beach CA – New Contemporaries III

2009

Lora Schlesinger Gallery, Santa Monica CA – Draw the Line
Noel–Baza Fine Art, San Diego CA – Drawn In: Historic and Contemporary Drawings
Boehm Gallery, Palomar College, San Marcos CA – West Coast Drawing: Images of the Figure

2008

The Loft at UCSD, San Diego CA – Marking Territory: The Imaginary Lines that Limit Us
Perry L. Meyer Fine Art, San Diego CA – Summer Gallery Show