ABOUT

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BIO

Karin Nelson began her self-taught art path later in life, while working as an Executive Assistant. The immediate receptiveness to her paintings soon motivated her to leave the 9-to-5 position and pursue art full-time. A thread running through her work is the interpretation of timeless structures. Also dear to her heart are the open skies and country fields near her home. Her medium of choice has always been acrylic; her handling of its distinct properties opened the doors to numerous internationally-published articles, where she shares her perspective on this subject. Acrylic Artist Magazine featured Karin with a cover-story full-feature article in their Fall 2016 issue. She has received multiple awards, participated in many juried exhibitions, and has had numerous appearances on television, radio, and in various publications. Karin lives near Grand Rapids, Michigan with her husband of 44 years. They have three grown children, a son-in-law, and three precious granddaughters.

ARTIST STATEMENT

My approach to each painting is only minimally planned, and could often be described as an “attack“ – with intuitive, fast, high-energy strokes. My main tools are jumbo knives, bristle brushes, and flat planes such as blocks of wood or rulers. Paint application ranges from thick, opaque, knifed-on areas to thin transparent layers, used both for the foundation and to subtly change and add color without disturbing the existing strokes and marks. My goal is a textured, abstracted effect. (You can read more about my process under the Acrylic Tips page.)

RESUME

Nelson has over 350 paintings in PUBLIC, CORPORATE, and PRIVATE COLLECTIONS, including:

  • Holland Hospital, Holland, MI (9 paintings)
  • Haworth Corporation (Office of  Chairman Matthew Haworth), Holland, MI
  • City of Grand Rapids, MI
  • Holland Museum (permanent collection), Holland, MI
  • Pennock Hospital, Hastings, MI
  • Crisis Care Network
  • Warner, Norcross & Judd

EXHIBITIONS

  • 2019 Solid Ground – LaFontsee Galleries (GR, MI)
  • 2019 Mix It Up – LaFontsee Galleries (GR, MI)
  • 2019 Eye Opener – LaFontsee Galleries (GR, MI)
  • 2019 Open Ended Exhibition – LaFontsee Galleries (GR, MI)
  • 2019 Revive Exhibition – LaFontsee Galleries (GR, MI)
  • 2019 Hold Dear Exhibition – LaFontsee Galleries (GR, MI)
  • 2018 Painting Demonstration at LaFontsee Galleries (GR, MI)
  • 2018 Toast – LaFontsee Galleries (GR, MI)
  • 2018 Coalesce Exhibition – LaFontsee Galleries (GR, MI)
  • 2018 ArtPrize: the Michigan Connection – Midland Center for the Arts (Midland, MI)
  • 2018 Solo show – Somebody’s Gallery (Petoskey, MI)
  • 2018 Location, Location, Location – Lowell Arts Center (Lowell, MI)
  • 2018 Everybody in the Pool – LaFontsee Galleries (Douglas, MI)
  • 2018 Collective – LaFontsee Galleries (GR, MI)
  • 2017 Muskegon Museum of Art, Regional Exhibition
  • 2017 ArtPrize – Women’s City Club (GR, MI)
  • 2017 Toast – LaFontsee Galleries (Douglas, MI)
  • 2017 Perception and Intention – LaFontsee Galleries (GR, MI)
  • 2017 Featured show – Somebody’s Gallery (Petoskey, MI)
  • 2017 MI Arts Visual Competition (Holland, MI)
  • 2017 Everybody in the Pool – LaFontsee Galleries (Douglas, MI)
  • 2017 Freshly Considered – LaFontsee Galleries (GR, MI)
  • 2016 Fall – LaFontsee Galleries (GR, MI)
  • 2016 ArtPrize – Women’s City Club (GR, MI)
  • 2016 Solo Exhibition, Holland Area Arts Council (Holland, MI)
  • 2016 Toast – LaFontsee Galleries (Douglas, MI)
  • 2016 Regional Art Exhibition (GR Festival of the Arts)
  • 2016 Everybody in the Pool – LaFontsee Galleries (Douglas, MI)
  • 2016 Collective Alchemy – LaFontsee Galleries (GR, MI)
  • 2016 New Faces – Wahlburg Gallery (Grand Haven, MI)
  • 2015 ArtPrize – Women’s City Club (Grand Rapids)
  • 2015 Muskegon Museum of Art, Regional Exhibition
  • 2015 Regional Art Exhibition (GR Festival of the Arts)
  • 2014 ArtPrize – Spectrum Butterworth (GR, MI)
  • 2014 MI Arts Visual Competition (Holland, MI)
  • 2014 Regional Art Exhibition (GR Festival of the Arts)
  • 2013 ArtPrize – Spectrum Butterworth (GR, MI)
  • 2012 Regional Art Exhibition (GR Festival of the Arts)
  • 2012 ArtPrize – Spectrum Butterworth (GR, MI)
  • 2011 MI Arts Visual Competition (Holland, MI)
  • 2011 Regional Art Exhibition (GR Festival of the Arts)
  • 2011 Celebration of the Arts  (GR, MI)
  • 2010 Regional Art Exhibition (GR Festival of the Arts)

AWARDS AND HONORS

  • 2017 Juror’s Honorable Mention Award, Muskegon Museum of Art, Regional Exhibition
  • 2017 Stuart Padnos Award (MI Arts Exhibition)
  • 2016/17 Finalist in Artist’s Magazine Annual Art Competition, Landscape Category
  • 2016 Experience Grand Rapids: Hot City, Cool Art Billboard (See LINK)
  • 2016 Heule Memorial Award (GR Exhibition)
  • 2016 Featured Artist in Fall, 2016 issue of Acrylic Artist Magazine
  • 2015 Warner, Norcross & Judd Purchase Award (GR Exhibition)
  • 2015 Sam Afendoulis Memorial Award (GR Exhibition)
  • 2015 Eunice Gavan Purchase Award (GR Exhibition)
  • 2014 – Winner of Poster Contest for nationally-renowned Tulip Time Festival *(see below)
  • 2014 Warner, Norcross & Judd Purchase Award (GR Exhibition)
  • 2014 City of Grand Rapids Purchase Award (GR Exhibition)
  • 2011 ILF Award (GR Exhibition)
  • 2011 Warner, Norcross & Judd Purchase Award (GR Exhibition)

REPRESENTATION

MEDIA / PUBLICATIONS

VIDEOS

Painting Grand Rapids

Painting “Upside Down”

Live Painting at Muskegon Museum of Art

“Resilience” – Winner of 2014 Tulip Time Poster Conte

FACEBOOK

Link to Karin’s Facebook Art page

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