Kimo Nelson

Studio Building
Studio Interior
Studio Location
Untitled(#0421) 2015, 60 x 60 in. acrylic on linen
Studio Installation 2016
Untitled(#0427) 2015, 20 x 19 in. acrylic on linen
Untitled(#0432) 2015, 24 x 30 in. acrylic, flashe on linen
Untitled 2016, 8.5 x 11 in. acrylic, gouache, flashe on paper
Artist's Statement

I begin my work as an explorer and a collector. I make archives of found objects, photos, and drawings that provide a point of departure for paintings produced through experimentation, process, and chance. The archives are a record of explorations from both wilderness areas of the American West where I am from, and the industrial areas of New York where I currently reside. I’m interested in themes of transition, evolution and flux described through processes of growth and decay. I am most interested where I find parallels or commonalities of these themes in both natural and man made environments. My process involves multiple transfer layers over a textural surface. The layering of material is a way to consider both the literal, physical layering of matter in landscape, and the layering of information that mediates our perceptions of both urban and natural environments.


Kimo Nelson is a painter whose extensive travel, and backcountry wilderness experiences provide the foundation for his artistic practice. He was born in Honolulu, HI and grew up moving between the US, SE Asia, and the Middle East. Kimo studied painting and drawing at Lewis & Clark College and the Oregon College of Art and Craft in Portland, OR. He went on to study at the Rhode Island School of Design where he received an MFA in painting with honors in 2012. Kimo has exhibited nationally at galleries and non-profit spaces including Danese/Corey Gallery and Gallery 532 Thomas Jaeckel in New York, NY, Projekt 722 in Brooklyn, NY, Disjecta in Portland, OR, and Chase Young in Boston, MA. Kimo currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.