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Nellie King Solomon

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Fold 1, 2007 Acrylic on Mylar 4 × 4 Feet (double Layered) © Nellie King Solomon
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Loud Cloud, 2003-2006 Acrylic and Mixed Media on Mylar 96 × 96 Inches © Nellie King Solomon
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Hooker's Green Rings 1, 2010 Acrylic and Mixed Media on Mylar 96 X 96 Inches © Brian Gross Fine Art
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Test Strip Wall , 2005 Acrylic and Mixed Media on Mylar 12.2 × 6.5 Feet © Nellie King Solomon
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Magenta and Kelly Green Rings 1 , 2010 Acrylic on Mylar 8 × 8 Feet © Nellie King Solomon
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Dots on XY Axis , 2000 India Ink on Trace 40 × 32 Inches © Nellie King Solomon
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4Blue Pours , 2004 Acrylic on Mylar 4.3 × 4 Feet © Nellie King Solomon
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K. with his Butterfly 3 , 2006 Acrylic on Mylar 4 × 4 Feet © Nellie King Solomon
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Treasure Island West Bound , 2000 India Ink and Tape on Duraleen 9 × 12 Feet © Nellie King Solomon
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Boom Bloom , 2008 Acrylic and Silicon Carbide on Mylar 8 × 8 Feet © Nellie King Solomon
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Fall , 2010 Acrylic, Soda Ash and Christalina on Mylar 8 × 8 Feet © Nellie King Solomon
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Bad Behavior 2 , 2003 Ink, Acrylic, Graphite and Colored Pencil on Mylar 8 × 8 Feet © Nellie King Solomon
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Problem Child , 2001 Ink, Acrylic and House Paint on Mylar 8 × 8 Feet © Nellie King Solomon
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Magenta 1 , 2011 Soda Ash and Christalina on Mylar 4 × 4 Feet © Nellie King Solomon
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Fold 9 , 2007 Acrylic on Mylar 4 × 4 Feet (double Layered) © Nellie King Solomon
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Louise, 2014
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
San Francisco, CA
Birth year
1971
Lives in
San Francisco
Works in
San Francisco
Representing galleries
Statement

My paintings are spaces where energy moves matter. Events double back to devour themselves, momentum overtakes strategy, tectonic plates meet and collide. The paintings reflect my experiences of great western landscapes the shock of unabsorbed events. The slick paint resembles oil spills and hot toxic color fields: beautiful pictures of terrible things. California is a place where we are caught off guard, a place of gambling, chance, and change. “Land marred and poisoned is disarmingly beautiful and dramatic in its tragedy.”—Robert Redford.
I paint it.

I paint on sheets of mylar laid flat on a 9 × 9 foot table. The mylar tilts like a landscape. The topography below the mylar helps generate the composition of each painting. Thick black sweeps and iridescent skim coats are marks made without the scaled imprint of hand or brush. Liquid marks leave evidence of something having happened. Corrosive flecks of soda ash cake like battery acid on the edges of the paint, irridescent Cristalina fills the pools with glitz. The translucent surface of the mylar allows the edges to disappear into the wall. Light penetrates directly through clear pools of medium to the wall beyond. The architecture of the wall is subverted.

I make the space between things visible. The empty space allows motion. I paint what I know is there but cannot see.

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Born
1971
San Francisco, CA  
Education  
2001
MFA, California College of Arts and Crafts, San Francisco
1995
BA, University of California, Santa Cruz
1995
Allan Chadwick Farm and Garden Program (Sustainable Agriculture), Santa Cruz, CA
1993
International Honors Program (Sustainable Development), Travel and Study
1992
The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art (School of Architecture), New York, NY
Selected Awards  
2010
SECA SFMOMA award (nomination)
2007
SECA SFMOMA award (nomination)
2005
SECA SFMOMA award (nomination)
2001
SECA/In Site SFMOMA award (nomination)
2000
Murphy Cadagon, San Francisco Foundation
1999
Sunspot Laboratory, Cal State LA Exhibition   
Solo Exhibitions
2011
Knock Out, Melissa Morgan Fine Art, Palm Desert, CA
2010
Diamond Rings, Brian Gross Fine Art, San Francisco, CA
No More Mr Nice Guy, Ochi Gallery, both Walnut St and Lewis St, Ketchum, ID
The Rings We Road In On, Melissa Morgan Fine Art, Palm Desert, CA
2009
Recent Paintings, Shasta College, Redding, CA
2007
Folded Pours, Brian Gross Fine Art, San Francisco, CA
2005
Superball: Recent Paintings, Brian Gross Fine Art, San Francisco, CA
New Work, Ochi Gallery, Sun Valley, ID
Pending, Liquid Spaces' One Union, San Francisco, CA
2004
New Work, G.R. N'Namdi Gallery, Detroit, MI
2003
Organic, G.R. N'Namdi Gallery, Chicago, IL
2002
New Paintings, New Years Show, Ochi Gallery, Sun Valley, ID
Blindsided, Julie Baker Fine Art, Grass Valley, CA
2001
Introductions: Shooting Pool in Public, Braunstein/Quay Gallery, San Francisco, CA
New Paintings. New Talent, Ochi Gallery, Sun Valley, ID
The Economics Series, Neo, San Francisco, CA
2000
Cars and Wilds, CCAC Nave, San Francisco, CA
Place Maker, CCAC Graduate Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1999
Rock Scissors Paper, Canessa Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1995
The Ultimate Triumph, University of California, Santa Cruz
Group Exhibitions
2011
artMRKT San Francisco, Brian Gross Fine Art, San Francisco, CA
2010
Gesture, Brian Gross Fine Art, San Francisco, CA
Homage to the Artists, Ochi Gallery, Ketchum, ID
2009
Paper / Mylar / Vellum, Brian Gross Fine Art, San Francisco, CA
MMFA Loft Exhibition #1, Los Angeles, CA
Inaugural Exhibition, Melissa Morgan Fine Art, Palm Desert, CA
2008
Uncharted: Imaginary Landscapes, Hayes Valley Market, San Francisco, CA
2007
Art Chicago, Julie Baker Fine Art, Chicago, Illinois
Art Miami, Julie Baker Fine Art, Miami, Florida
CCA Centennial Exhibition, Brian Gross Fine Art, San Francisco, CA
FADA LACMA Los Angeles Art Show, Julie Baker Fine Art, Santa Monica, CA
Wynn Macao Grand Concourse Entry, Steve Wynn, China
2006
Art 4 Auction, Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV
Au Courant: Introducing 16 Artists New to Bentley, Bentley Projects, Phoenix, AZ
Monster Drawing Rally, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA
NYC 212 Art Fair, Julie Baker Fine Art, New York, NY
The Village at Squaw, Remoteviewing 3, Squaw Valley, CA
Wynn Las Vegas, Steve Wynn, Las Vegas, NV
2005
Art Auction, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA
Close Calls, Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA
Emerging Artists ’05… tomorrows masters, Julie Baker Fine Art, Parada Hall, Scottsdale, AZ
LA Art Fair, Julie Baker Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA
Neo-Mod: New Northern California Abstractionists, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA
Neo-Mod: New Northern California Abstractionists, Monteray Museum of Art, Monterey, CA
San Francisco International Art Exposition, Julie Baker Fine Art, San Francisco, CA
Splat, Sabina Lee Gallery, Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
The Affordable Art Fair, Julie Baker Fine Art, New York, NY
2004
San Francisco International Art Exposition, Julie Baker Fine Art, San Francisco, CA
2003
The Affordable Art Fair, Julie Baker Fine Art, New York, NY
Chicago Art Fair, Julie Baker Fine Art, Chicago IL
San Francisco International Art Exposition, Julie Baker Fine Art, San Francisco, CA
2002
A New World Trade Center, Max Protech Gallery, New York, NY
Baker's Dozen, Julie Baker Fine Art, Grass Valley, CA
Cream, Arts Benicia Center Gallery, Benicia, CA
The Affordable Art Fair, Julie Baker Fine Art, New York, NY
unDRAWN, The Brewery, Los Angeles, CA
2001
Introductions South, Institute of Contemporary Art, San Jose, CA
2000
Tails of the City, Sony Metreon, San Francisco, CA
Works on Paper, Exchange Show: China and American Artists, China
1999
Construction Paper, Door 3 Gallery, Oakland, CA
Sunspot Laboratory Show, Fine Arts Gallery, California State University, Los Angeles
1998
ConCurrents, Design Studio 8A, New York, NY
1996
Dibujos y Suenos, Del Sol, Barcelona, Spain
1995
Hunters Point Installation, 5th year Studios, Santa Cruz, CA
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