HIGH ART II: Seek your fiery Fortune at Horizon

By on September 3, 2013
Sunburst, 36 x 48, by Christopher Owen Nelson.

Sunburst, 36 x 48, by Christopher Owen Nelson.

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – You will see a lot of paintings at this year’s Fall Arts Festival. Undoubtedly a few of the more memorable ones will be found at Christopher Owen Nelson’s exhibition “The Fortune Teller” at Horizon Fine Art.

Nelson’s paintings are created on fired sheets of acrylic. He then paints the relief areas. Basically, his process is backwards, said Mary Rossington, gallery administrator. He uses a blowtorch to fire the paint, which creates textures. The result is a shiny façade.

The mood of the pieces changes, depending on how the light hits the surface of the paintings and the vibrant images such as a bright pink tree or glowing sunset.

His background in construction allows his creative process to take off in unusual directions as he wields blowtorches and other tools to create his artistic vision.

An avid fisherman, Nelson is influenced by nature. Most recently he has focused on painting portraits of trees, approaching the subject in the same way he would when rendering the likeness of a human. He works to capture the personality and the distinctive details such as the curvature of a branch or the texture of bark that makes each tree unique.

Nelson’s work is unlike anything else in town and unique in the art world outside Jackson, Rossington said.

Nelson has been with Horizon Fine Art Gallery for about eight years. He is a young and emerging artist who was once named one of the top 21 artists younger than 30 by Southwest Art Magazine. His work also will be featured in an upcoming issue of Western Art and Architecture.

His pieces, which include abstract designs, can fit into log homes or modern spaces.

There will be about 15 pieces at the gallery ranging in size from 10-by-12 inches to as large as 76-by-108 inches. They range in price from $700 to $19,600 for large multi-paneled pieces.

Nelson will be in the gallery intermittently Thursday through Sunday and during Palates and Palettes.

 Christopher Owen Nelson Solo Exhibition The Fortune Teller, at Horizon Fine Art, 30 King Street. www.horizonfineartgallery.com. Reception during Palates and Palettes Gallery Walk, 5 to 8 p.m., Friday. Food by Blue Lion.

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