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Carol Nelson Ceres

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Hard_moon_sm
Hard Moon, 2008 Pastels 11 X 17 © 2008
Sunset_shadow_sm
Sunset Shadow, 2008 Pastels 11 X 17" © 2008
Asfarasyoucan
As Far As You Can, 2007 Pastels 6 X7" © 2007
Hotsky
Hot Sky, 2007 Pastels 5 X7" © 2007
Hungermydriver
Hunger My Driver, 2007 Pastels 10 X 17" © 2007
Nightfalls
Night Falls, 2007 Pastels 11 X 17" © 2007
Stilllife
Still Alive, 2007 Pastels 11 X 17" © 2007
Bryce
Bryce, 2005 Black Pencil on Coquille 5 X 6" © 2005
Favorite
Gently, 2005 Black Pencil on Coquille 7 X 12" © 2005
Mesa
Mesa, 2005 Black Pencil on Coquille Board 6 X5" © 2005
Whole
whole, 2005 Black Pencil on Coquille Board 7 X 6" © 2005
Dawn
Dawn, 2005 Pastels 22 X 36" © 2005
Midday
Dusk, 2005 Pastels 22 X 36" © 2005
Sierra_nevada_nude
Sierra Nevada Nude, 2000-01 Pastels 36 X 22" © 2001
Lighthouse
The Lighthouse, 2005 Oil on Canvas 5 X 3' © 2005
Winterland
Winterland, 2005 Oil on Canvas 5 X 3' © 2005
Amyinflight
Trust #1, 2004 Charcoal 24 X 36" © 2004
Rachelswingsamy
Trust #3, 2004 Charcoals 24 X 36" © 2004
Trust3
Trust #4, 2004 Charcoals 24 X 36" © 2004
Sunset_shadow_sm
Sunset Shadow, 2008 Pastels on Archival Paper 12 X 17" © 2008
Carolceres
Kali Girl, 2007 Oil on Canvas 3 X 5' © 2007
Whisper_horizon_sm
Whisper Horizon, 2008 Pastels on Archival Paper 12 X 17" © 2008
Whisper_horizon_sm
whisper horizon, 2008 Pastels and Archival Paper 12 X 17" © 2008
Sunset_shadow_sm
Sunset Shadow, 2008 Charcoal, Pastels 12x18" © 2008
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Madison, WI
Birth year
1974
Lives in
San Francisco Bay Area
Works in
San Francisco Bay Area
Schools
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 1987, BFA
Representing galleries
City Art Gallery
Tags
Bay, area, low-brow, surreal, pop-art, abstraction, pastels, OilPaintings., surrealism, abstract, graffiti/street-art, figurative, exhibition/performance
Statement

Visual Artist

Mediums:

Oils, pastels, charcoal, graphite, pen and ink, watercolor, acrylic resin.

Themes:

Mostly figurative, symbolic, surreal but sometimes investigates color, tone and composition through pure abstraction alone.

About:

Carol Nelson Ceres grew up in Madison, Wisconsin where she won the ribbon for "Best Drawer" in the sixth grade, in fierce competition with children several years older than her. It was in this idyllic hamlet that she survived being run over, no less than three times, by a Buick Station Wagon.

After learning how to walk again, she went on to high school and was lucky enough to get the opportunity to study art history in Italy, France and England with the American Institute for Foreign Study. Upon return, she contracted Scarlet Fever from an extra, unwashed pair of Army fatigues her brother had so generously sent to her from Camp Pendelton while he was away, at Boot Camp training to be a Marine. The Dadaists, Pere Ubu and Edward Gorey provided much entertaining support for Ceres during this time.

She attended The School of The Art Institute of Chicago and, despite "practically" setting the building on fire during an emotionally dense peice of performance Art titled "No Man Is An Island", focused in painting and drawing and was less focused in film history. 

An avid cyclist, Ceres collected over 44 stiches in various places on her skull  from being run over or hit (and run over) by a variety of motorized vehicles. Francis Bacon, Leon Golub, Karl Wiirsom, Ed Pashke and Max Beckmann provided moral support for Ceres during this time period.

En route to San Francisco at a pit-stop in St. Louis, Ceres was lucky to watch the Loma Prieta earthquake on TV which, strange by midwestern terms, pre-empted the 1989 World Baseball Series.

Arriving in San Francisco, she was suprized to learn that the men whose convertible saab she was delivering, had survived, were very nice and had a very sweet, sadly enormous basset hound.

As a nuevo Californian, Ceres has endured one poisonous spiderbite, resulting in a very large, jagged scar and (much later) has received three styes in the same damn eye?!

Ceres shows work regularly at City Art Gallery in San Francisco and is keeping her fingers crossed to be at the Russian River during "the next big one."