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Irene Nelson

United States Born in: 1951

The works of San Francisco Bay Area-based abstract painter Irene Nelson are layered and atmospheric, offering dreamlike impressions of worlds seemingly in the process of becoming.


Nelson’s lyrical, gestural marks feel organic and free, while her biomorphic forms and muted color relationships contribute to the sense that these are visions inspired by the subconscious. Whether painting, drawing, or working with monotypes, Nelson’s process is guided by a mix of intuition and experimentation. She considers her process a give and take between conscious decision making and spontaneity. She allows each preceding mark or layer to inform the next, so her compositions evolve as “acts of discovery” rather than being planned.


Nelson also experiments with the medium of photography, which she employs to search out ephemeral, passing glimpses of daily life.


Her work is held in numerous private collections, and has been exhibited extensively throughout California, including recent exhibitions at the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco, and Kala Art Institute, Berkeley.

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In time for Christmas
Irene Nelson, Capriccio, Painting

Irene Nelson

Capriccio, 2019
48 x 48 inch
Painting

$ 6,523

In time for Christmas
Irene Nelson, Untitled Quarantine #1, Painting

Irene Nelson

Untitled Quarantine #1, 2020
24 x 18 inch
Painting

$ 1,110

In time for Christmas
Irene Nelson, Syncopation, Painting

Irene Nelson

Syncopation, 2019
48 x 48 inch
Painting

$ 6,523

In time for Christmas
Irene Nelson, Free play, Painting

Irene Nelson

Free play, 2017
40 x 40 inch
Painting

$ 4,303

In time for Christmas
Irene Nelson, Sonata, Painting

Irene Nelson

Sonata, 2019
48 x 48 inch
Painting

$ 6,523

In time for Christmas
Irene Nelson, Tempo, Painting

Irene Nelson

Tempo, 2019
48 x 48 inch
Painting

$ 6,523

In time for Christmas
Irene Nelson, Rose Cactus, Painting

Irene Nelson

Rose Cactus, 2018
40 x 40 inch
Painting

$ 4,303

In time for Christmas
Irene Nelson, Play it by Ear, Painting

Irene Nelson

Play it by Ear, 2017
40 x 40 inch
Painting

$ 4,303

In time for Christmas
Irene Nelson, In the Details, Painting

Irene Nelson

In the Details, 2018
40 x 40 inch
Painting

$ 4,303

Irene Nelson, Untitled Quarantine #2, Painting

Irene Nelson

Untitled Quarantine #2, 2020
30 x 22.5 inch
Painting

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