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Hudson, NY. 12534

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Jenny Nelson

  In this current series I have left visible more of the unconstrained marks and lines that signal the beginning of a painting. This initial energy remains as I allow imperfect scratches and unconscious marks to surface. Lines drawn with oil sticks have become an important compositional element. Edges appear muted where chance colors overlap and the unexpected remains visible. Overall there is less control, as I strive to let the paint move and react fluidly.    


 My artistic training was focused on the classical and representational, however it has always been my natural instinct to depict my surroundings in abstract forms. Painting in layers with palette knives, brushes and oil sticks, I initially allow myself to draw wild gestures and automatic marks. Often traces of previous layers remain visible, allowing colors to interact in ways I could not have anticipated. Reacting intuitively to these evolving colors and forms, a very personal abstract language emerges.


Focusing on particular shapes or compositions for long periods of time will often result in a series of closely related paintings. The process is one of addition and subtraction until everything on the canvas co-exists with a depth and intensity that seems balanced to me.

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Paintings 2015

Paintings 2011 - 2012

Heron, 2012

Earlier Works

Reef, 2009

Gull, 2010


Jenny Nelson attended Maine College of Art in Portland Maine, and graduated with a BFA from Bard College, where she received a scholarship to the Lacoste School of the Arts in France. She lives and works in Woodstock, New York, including an Artist in Residence at the Byrdcliffe Art Colony from November 2004-08. Jenny is represented by galleries nationally, including the Carrie Haddad Gallery, in Hudson, New York; Tria Gallery, in Manhattan; Julie Heller Gallery, Provincetown MA and Dragonfly Gallery, in Martha's Vineyard.


Solo Shows:

2012 New Paintings, Smink Modern, Dallas TX.

2012 New Work, Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson NY

2011 Awakenings, (Duo: Keun Young Park) Tria Gallery, Manhattan NY

2010 New Paintings, Chace-Randall Gallery, Andes NY

2008 Autumn Elegance, Asher Neiman Gallery, Red Bank NJ

2008 The Light Between, Chace-Randall Gallery, Andes NY

2007 New Work, Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson NY

2006 Of Line and Light, Chace-Randall Gallery, Andes NY

2006 Abstractions, Gallery100, Saratoga NY

2005 Spring Collection, Coffey Gallery, Kingston NY

2005 New Work, Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson NY

2004 Summer ,Omega Institute, Rhinebeck NY

2004 New Work, Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson NY

2003 Paintings from Shady, Coffey Gallery, Kingston NY

2001 Fisher Studio Art Gallery, Annandale on Hudson


Group Exhibitions:

2012 Contemporary Painters, Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson NY

2012 Three Visions, Julie Heller Gallery (Anchor Inn), Provincetown MA

2012 Summer Cocktail, Tria Gallery, Manhattan NY

2012 AAF NYC, Tria Gallery, Manhattan NY

2011 AAF NYC, Tria Gallery, Manhattan NY

2011 Figures and Abstraction, Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson Ny

2010 Art Hamptons, Tria Gallery, Manhattan NY.

2010 Featured Artist, Dragonfly Gallery, Martha’s Vineyard MA

2009 LA Art Fair, Bryant Street Gallery, Palo Alto CA

2009 Curators Choice, Chace-Randall Gallery, Andes NY

2009 Instructors Exhibition, Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock NY

2009 Group Exhibition, Bryant Street Gallery, Palo Alto CA

2009 Small Works, Anne Irwin Fine Art, Atlanta Georgia

2009 Winter White, Tria Gallery, Manhattan NY

2009 Contrasts, Anne Irwin Fine Art, Atlanta GA

2009 AAF NYC Tria Gallery, Manhattan NY

2008 Summer Cocktail, Tria Gallery, Manhattan NY

2008 5”x7” Show, Kleinart-James Gallery, Woodstock, NY

2007 Faculty Plus One, Columbia Greene Community College, Hudson NY

2007 Art Basel Miami, Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson NY

2007 One New Work, Chace-Randall Gallery, Andes, NY

2007 5”x7” Show, Kleinart-James Gallery, Woodstock, NY

2006 Beach, Gallery Yellow, Cross River NY

2006 Flow, Kleinart-James Gallery, Woodstock, NY

2006 Group Exhibition, James Cox Gallery, Woodstock NY

2006 Collectors Choice, Kleinert-James Gallery, Woodstock NY

2005 Group Exhibition, Chace Randall Gallery, Andes NY

2005 Passionate About Art, Kleinert -James Gallery, Woodstock NY

2005 New Talent, Alpha Gallery, Boston, MA.

2004 Six Women Painters, Albert Shahinian Fine Art, Poughkeepsie, NY

2004 New York Underground Art Fair, Pool Art Addict, Four Points Hotel NY

2003 Senate House Show, Kingston NY

2002 Group Exhibition, Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson NY


Juried Exhibitions:

2004 Woodstock Artists Association Woodstock NY

2002 Hudson Valley Artists 2002, Samuel Dorsky Museum, New Paltz NY


Selected Collections:

Warren Bierwirth, Paris France

Cecilia Greene, Manhattan NY

Helen Chapman, Manhattan NY

Michael & Sheila Faharty, Manhattan NY

Christopher Dlutowski, Manhattan NY

Jim & Dianne Footlicke, Manhattan NY

Laurent Gaudry, Manhattan NY

Nancy Seigal, Boca Raton FL.

Holli Gersh, Boca Raton FL.

Dr. Lee Sider, Mt. Tremper NY

Friedrike Merke, Woodstock NY

Miller Howard Investments, Woodstock NY

Kingston Hospital, Kingston NY



Balance in the Abstract, Roll Magazine Feature Article, May 2010

The 60/60 Portrait Project with Franco Vogt, December 2009

Roll Magazine, Cover Artist, December 2009

Studio Visit Magazine, Fall Edition 2008

Woodstock Times Feature Article, Spring Awakening, Paul Smart, June 2008

 “Blue Bird” Featured in Beautiful Homes Magazine, Summer 2007

“Float” Featured in Universal Studios movie: Definitely, Maybe

Directed by Adam Brooks 2007 release

Woodstock Times, Review, Paul Smart, May 2006

Art New England, August 2005

Pulse Magazine, Nick Chassman, Review, June 2005

Woodstock Times, Review, Paul Smart, April 2004

Guide Magazine, Featured Artist, December 2003

Kingston Freeman, Review, Mary Cassai, August 2001

Woodstock Times, Review, Phyllis Gilbert, July 2000


Education & Awards:

Portland School of Art, Portland, Me  1988

BFA Bard College, Annandale on Hudson, NY 1998-2001

Lacoste School of the Arts, Lacoste, France 2000

Scholarship: Lacoste School of the Arts

Artist in Residence Byrdcliffe Art Colony 2004-08

Instructor Woodstock School of Art 2009-present

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