About the artistSince 2003 I've been making paintings using the structures of opulent, historic European palaces. Originally designed as theatrical displays of status by wealthy aristocrats and bourgeoisie, these sites provide entertainment, fantasy and pleasure for touristic consumption. Although I use photography as a structural device through which I enter the painting process, what has always interested me is finding ways to break free from the tyranny of the image. I come to a point of crisis where I must partly destroying the image in order to discover fresh solutions to painterly problems I set for myself. Val Nelson’s artistic practice has been diverse over the course of her career, encompassing video, dance performance, painting, and drawing. Throughout various media she seeks to transmit an embodied and empathic experience to the viewer. Educated at Emily Carr College of Art and Design, Val was a 2003 finalist in the Royal Bank Painting Competition. She has received a Canada Council Travel Grant and Artbank purchase award, an artist grant for her residency at Vermont Studio Centre, and Visual Arts Development Award (Contemporary Art Gallery/Vancouver Foundation). Her work has been published in Carte Blanche Volume II: Painting (Magenta Foundation), International Painting Annual 3 (Manifest Drawing and Research Centre),, and included in White Columns' Online Registry, New York. More details can be found on her website.
1000 Parker StVancouver , BC