About the artistVal's paintings and drawings of baroque and rococo interiors invite the viewer to surrender to spaces of seductive old-world opulence and beauty. Sometimes serene and restful, sometimes “crashed” together with mysterious juxtapositions such as urban traffic jams, they suggest the interior life of the human imagination, in its limitless capacity to transform reality. Small nostalgic drawings of historic European interiors in warm magentas and ochres appeal to the dreamer as a place of refuge, distant from the cares of the world. These paper-works are very affordable to the collector on a budget who’d love to whisk away a little piece of Val’s invented world, fresh from her artist’s atelier. Also on view will be Paris portrait drawings, and self-portraits. Ask for Val’s magic Optimistic Pursuits drawing pencil! (by donation, 100% to Vancouver Recovery Through Art Society) Val Nelson is a Vancouver-based visual artist whose past experience as a ballet dancer informs her lush, gestural paintings and drawings. An honours graduate of Emily Carr College of Art and Design, Val was a 2003 finalist in the Royal Bank Painting Competition. She’s received numerous grants and awards, and her work was reviewed as “intellectually and artistically daring” by the Edmonton Journal. Here work is in the permanent collections of Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Surrey Art Gallery, Vancouver General Hospital, Canada Council Art Bank, and she is enthusiastically collected worldwide.
1000 Parker StVancouver , BC