Christopher Owen Nelson

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High Life Paint On Carved Acrylic
Glenwood 36x24
The Break Room 48x74
White Out
Walcott 18x60
Powdered Sugar 36x24
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Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, 1999
plexiglass, acrylic, mixed-media, installation, landscape, sculpture
Statement / CV


Through my work I try to explore my own personal relationship with a variety of subjects that I have developed an important bond with. I spend a majority of my time outdoors, particularly in a few areas where I like to fish and walk my dogs. I am never in a hurry when I am there, and my mind always wanders far away. The environment puts me in a state of meditation, which for me is normal, but now suddenly I am beginning to notice life. I am awake. I am listening. Absorbing information from the water and the trees in such a way that it makes me feel connected and attached. My growing familiarity with every minute detail challenges me to appreciate these sanctuaries as relatives, rather than places I simply walk through or drive past. For instance, I try to address the spiritual and emotional impact that a particular tree has had on me by trying to understand it’s life, and by studying it’s characteristics and changes throughout the seasons, all the time asking myself,  “How are we are connected?”  

My goal is to continuously analyze this connectivity in an attempt to convey the possibilities that lie within the nurturing of a human’s relationship with his surroundings.





Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design


2012    Fish International Art Competition, University of Oklahoma

2012    Northern National Art Competition, Audience Choice Award

2012    Northern National Art Competition, Special Merit Award

2008    Southwest Art Magazine, 21 Under 31 Emerging Artists

1998    Most Promising Artist Scholarship Award, Jefferson County, CO




2012    Waxlander Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2011    Howard Schepp Fine Art, Palm Desert, CA

2011    Horizon Fine Art, Jackson, WY

2010    Vickers Collection, Aspen, CO

2009    VC Gallery of Fine Art, Sedona, AZ

2009    Vail Village Arts, Vail, CO

2008    Vickers Collection, Beaver Creek, CO

2008    Wood River Gallery, Ketchum, ID

2008    Vail Village Arts, Vail, CO




2013    Scapes, Studio 12 Gallery, Denver, CO

2012    Fish, University of Oklahoma, School of Art and Art History

2012    NNAC, Nicolet College Art Gallery, Rhinelander, WI

2011    Fools Gold, Sasha Noe Presents, New York, NY

2011    Illuminations, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder, CO

2010    Art In Bloom, The Art Museum at the University of Kentucky

2007    Tour D’Arte, Unspoken Word; Boulder, CO

2006    The Art of Living, Colorado Springs, CO




2012    American Art Collector

2009    Denver Syntax, Issue 17, Spring 2009 Featured Artist

2008    Front page & feature article, Vail Daily, Vail, CO

2008    Plum TV, Vail, CO

2008    Southwest Art Magazine, 21 Under 31 Emerging Artists

2007    TV 8, Beaver Creek, CO

2007    Wood River Journal, Ketchum, ID




Mr. William Low, New York, NY

Jeff & Lis Coors, private collection

John & Sharyn Clark, Queensland, Australia

Mr. Chris Daughtry, Recording artist

Mr. Christopher Dean, Olympic Gold Medalist

Lipscolb & Pitts Insuranse, Memphis, TN

Office of Dr. Mark Broudo, Face & Body Cosmetic Surgery, Miami, FL

Rocky Mountain Cancer Center, Boulder, CO

Boulder County Open Space Building, Boulder, CO

Goodwill Industries, Colorado Springs, CO

Jefferson County Laramie Building, Golden, CO

Central Bank and Trust, Colorado Springs, CO

Broomfield Event Center, Broomfield, CO

Law Offices of Thompson & Thompson, Denver, CO

Steve & Cindy Laporta, Newtown, CT

Office of Ron D. Thoman, DDS, Colorado Springs, CO


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