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Longing, 2019, mixed media
Dave Nelson’s small, square wooden panels are layered with material. With inspection it is possible to see how every mark is made, every piece assembled. Natural and organic overlaying structure and form - marks, scrapings, symbols, colour and collage build on these panels.
Each layer is applied fresh on a new day, the artist working instinctively. A new feeling responding to what has been expressed before. Each coat very different, as well as responding, communicating.
Strata upon strata an abstract image emerges; finished when the artist is in harmony with it, and it is at peace with itself.
“I do not know why I am an artist. Why did I quit a well-paid job to spend my days in mess, covering boards with coloured paint, a glorified pre-schooler? “What have you done today dear?” The answer can boil down to “cut-and-paste”. I am no closer to knowing now than 5 years ago, but am driven on in a relentless pursuit of describing…what I am.”
2020 Poetics of Place, UH Gallery
2019 The Other Art Fair, Kings Cross
Hertfordshire Open 2020
This artwork was selected for the first Hertfordshire Open Exhibition. The exhibition online galleries are hosted between www.uharts.co.uk and www.stalbansmuseums.org.uk and will be launched in stages throughout April 2020.
Over 180 artists with links to Hertfordshire submitted their work to be part of the inaugural exhibition. Chosen by an independent panel of judges, the exhibition features 80 stunning works by the 50 selected artists, creating an exciting mix of work by established artists alongside emerging talent and first-time exhibitors.
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