Project Space- Carlton Nell
Nell’s small oil paintings, measuring 8x10 inches on birch panels, capture the essence of a moment, a place, and a sensation in nature. Less specific places than visual haikus, the works conjure a universal understanding and perception of space, sky, land, clouds, grass and trees. Most of the artist’s rich paintings are built in thick impasto, and refer-ence something the artist has seen in nature and remembers, a cloud formation, a nighttime sky, and a twilight haze on verdant hills. When Nell sees a natural phenom-enon he would like to transform in paint, he often takes notes on colors, shapes, light, atmosphere, desiring to re-create nature’s palette in his unique distilled format. He is as captivated by the light and shadow of day as he is by the mysteries of the night, by the way light flickers on waves in the ocean, sparkles through dense summer leaves, and is minimally present when the sun leaves the sky.
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