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b. 1947, USA

Dona Nelson Biography

Dona Nelson is a painter who often works both sides of a stretched canvas, staining and washing it with acrylic paint and water, using a spatula to mark the canvas with the first image, an image of the stretcher bars. Sometimes she glues strips of fabric on to the canvas, allowing them to be a constructed element or ripping them off them off to establish a drawn line through the paint. Nelson prefers to exhibit her two sided paintings on steel stands or wooden constructions, out on the gallery floor rather than parallel to the wall. For forty years, Nelson has made series of different kinds of paintings, distinguished by a variety of approaches to both image and material.

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Nelson was born in Grand Island in 1947. She received a B.F.A. from Ohio State University (1968), and studied at the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program (1967). She is a Professor of Painting and Drawing at Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, where she has worked since 1991. In the summer of 2018, she had an extensive survey of her work, curated by Ian Berry, at the Tang Teaching Museum in Saratoga Springs, New York. There was another survey of her work in 2000, at the Weatherspoon Museum of Fine Art, Greensboro, North Carolina. She currently exhibits her work at the Thomas Erben Gallery in New York City, where she has had five solo exhibitions. Two of her double-sided paintings were featured in the 2014 Whitney Biennial. Other solo exhibitions have been presented at Cheim and Read, the Morris Gallery at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, and the Michael Klein Gallery, NYC. In 1994, Nelson received a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship. In 2011, she was a Foundation for Contemporary Arts recipient. In 2013, she received an Artist Legacy Foundation Grant and in 2015, an Anonymous was a Woman Grant.

Text courtesy Thomas Erben Gallery.


Dona Nelson Featured Artworks

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Platform by Dona Nelson contemporary artwork painting, sculpture
Dona NelsonPlatform, 2017Collage, dyed cheesecloth, muslin and acrylic mediums on linen, mounted on plywood base
207 x 92 x 13 cm
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Magdelena Lane by Dona Nelson contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Dona NelsonMagdelena Lane, 2016Acrylic and acrylic medium on canvas
236.2 x 214.7 cm
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All American Girl by Dona Nelson contemporary artwork painting, mixed media
Dona NelsonAll American Girl, 2000Acrylic and cheesecloth on canvas
14 x 11 inches
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Mitchell Street by Dona Nelson contemporary artwork painting
Dona NelsonMitchell Street, 2003Acrylic on canvas
70 x 78 inches
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Red Mist by Dona Nelson contemporary artwork painting
Dona NelsonRed Mist, 2004Acrylic on canvas
69 x 80 inches
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Walnut Way by Dona Nelson contemporary artwork drawing
Dona NelsonWalnut Way, 1999Charcoal on canvas
88 x 106 inches
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Goucho Groucho by Dona Nelson contemporary artwork painting
Dona NelsonGoucho Groucho, 2005Acrylic and cheesecloth on canvas
88 x 106 inches
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No Title by Dona Nelson contemporary artwork painting
Dona NelsonNo Title, 1977Oil on canvas
24 x 40 inches
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