About the Artist
Mark S Nelson was born in 1975 in Denison, Texas; a small town north of Dallas. His interests in art, graffiti, punk rock, technology, skateboarding and pop culture brought him to Dallas in his early twenties. His work is playful and innocent despite its darker mysterious undertones. It is easy to recognize by his unique use of color combinations and compositions. His paintings explore concepts like self perception, time, mortality, spirituality and our complex relationships to the always expanding world around us. His current works are representations of familiar and unfamiliar objects placed together in unorthodox scenarios. Like an odd dream, these combinations become a window into the imagination.
These paintings start with a smooth level horizon, desaturated color palette, and transitional lighting. This creates an eerily peaceful environment for things to begin to happen. This is where I tap into a collection of small sketches that I have been working on the last few years; mostly abstract objects, looking more like rough ideas for non-objective sculptures. As I look through these small drawings, I try to find something that really jumps out at me, something that evokes not only a sense of aesthetic pleasure, but something more. Something that I only know when I see it. Then, I combine these objects with the more familiar everyday objects in my life. These are painted in a layered fashion representing both my subconscious and conscious mind. As the layers of imagery are combined, a small scene begins to emerge; a dream like place, bound by time and space, but blurring the lines of what is real and what is imaginary.