ABOUT AMY NELDER
Born in 1971 in San Francisco, painter Amy Nelder calls her work “Pop Trompe L’oeil.” Employing high realism infused with pop au courant imagery, she celebrates otherwise unsung domestic moments or conveys a message of dramatic, sometimes contemporary socio-political, import – but with a sense of lightness and often facetious. She paints beautiful imagery, but there is always a story to her painting. She seeks to convey the subtle but meaningful layers of simple human interaction, to impart appreciation of the joys, and ironies, of our lives. Nelder’s more recent still lifes have expanded into global commentary, including her Covid19Art, Bunnies and Guns and Build-Your-Own Eden series on psychic autonomy. The message is important, but she is simultaneously concerned with precision of technique, accuracy of detail and excellence of craftsmanship.
Nelder studied at the University of California at Berkeley, as well as the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Early in her career, she was the Forensic Artist for the San Francisco Police Department, working primarily with survivors of violent crimes as well as creating facial reconstructions of decomposed or skeletonized remains for the Medical Examiner’s Office. Nelder now focusses entirely on her own fine art. A trained opera singer from ages 9 – 20, she notes the musicality in her paintings, that her way of feeling color is rhythmic and lyrical. She experiences a painting as a symphonic composition.
Upcoming exhibitions include Objects of Desire, Cedarburg Art Museum, Cedarburg, Wisconsin and a solo exhibition at Grants Pass Museum, Grants Pass, Oregon. Recent exhibitions: Chianciano Biennale 2022, Chianciano, Italy; Metro Montage XXII, Marietta Cobb Museum of Art, Marietta, Georgia; Realism Today, Pickens County Museum of Art & History, Pickens, South Carolina; All the World’s A Stage, Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, Massachusetts; Expressions West at the Coos Art Museum, Bend, Oregon; National Exhibition, Haggin Museum, San Joaquin, California; Women in Art: GREAT Artists who just Happen to be Women at Chloe Gallery, San Francisco; and ArtMarket San Francisco 2022. Her work is now streaming on “Amy Nelder Artist Channel” on LOUPE.
She has exhibited in Gen-erate at SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Conserving the Magic of our Planet at the Walt Disney Museum, San Francisco and was selected for an exhibition called The Garzoni Challenge, with the Medici Archive Project and Advancing Women Artists in partnership with the Uffizi Galleries in Florence, Italy. At a recent exhibition, The de Young Open, Timothy Anglin-Burgard, Distinguished Senior Curator and Curator-in-Charge of American Art for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, referred to Nelder’s “wonderful tension” in her featured work “Apples & Honey, 2020.” Gallery shows include The SUGAR Show, Chloe Gallery, San Francisco and Wild Dreams of a New Beginning Blue Line Arts, Roseville, California.
Forthcoming features will be published in Abandon Journal, Barzakh Magazine and The Café Review. Recent press includes LandEscape Art Review, UK; ARTUP MI, Milan; Gival Press; Pigeon Review; Chestnut Review; Artdose Magazine; Magazine 43: Berlin, Hong Kong, Manila; Artsper Magazine; San Francisco Chronicle, including a feature in the San Francisco Chronicle Magazine: Entertainment: “Catching Up with Amy Nelder: From Police Sketch Artist to Fine Art;” San Francisco Examiner; KPIX Evening Magazine; CNN; Fox News; MSNBC; Daily Art Magazine; Art World News; Art Money Provenance; and Art Business News Magazine. Nelder’s work has enjoyed film coverage in “De Young Open: Curatorial walk through with exhibition curator Timothy A. Burgard.” Her work is now streaming on “Amy Nelder Artist Channel” on LOUPE.
Her work is in numerous national and international collections spanning the globe, held by, among others, Levi Strauss, Branding Archives, San Francisco, California; Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, California; Zurich Insurance, New York, New York; The Women's Art Library Special Collections and Archives/The Library Goldsmiths, University of London New Cross, London; Sports Engineering and Recreation Asia, LTD, Bangkok, Thailand; and Thin Man Investment Holdings (Pty) Ltd, South Africa. Her commissioned murals hang in the San Francisco Board of Education/Executive Administration Building, State of California Family Support Bureau, San Francisco District Attorney’s Services Center and the Chinese Charity Cultural Services Center.
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