NEWS & EXHIBITIONS
'Best Foot Forward'- Dunlop Volley's Art Memorial Fundraiser
Come along to a fundraising event in memory of Kim this Sunday 25 September at the wonderful Tootsie gallery in Yass. Some of Kim's original work will be on display, including never before seen sketches!
A great day of music and celebration and at 4:00pm a fundraiser auction will take place of all the amazing Volley tributes as wearable artwork from local artists! Money raised will go to a memorial sculpture at Cooma Cottage and as cash awards to promising young artists at Yass High School. See you there!
Kim Nelson passed away suddenly at his home at ‘Mountain Creek’ on Wednesday 12th August 2015, aged 57 years. Adored husband, best friend and soul mate of Therese. Loving and amazing father to Caitlin. Loved brother of Diana, Chris, Nick and Tony and cherished member of the extended family.
Family and friends are kindly invited to attend a celebration of Kim’s life to be held at the Yass Soldier’s Club commencing at 2.30pm on Saturday 22nd August with a light afternoon tea to follow. A private cremation will precede the remembrance service. In lieu of flowers please donate to UNICEF.
'Windows to the Sacred'
Kim Nelson’s art will be featured in 'Windows to the Sacred: An exploration of the Esoteric'.
Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria. The exhibition runs from 15th May - 12th July 2015
Kim Nelson will give a talk at the gallery entitled 'The Long Journey Back to Myself' on Sunday 17th May @ 3.30pm
'Windows to the Sacred' is a travelling exhibition curated by Robert Buratti. www.windowstothesacred.com
Kim Nelson's art will be part of the 'IlluminARTe' Festival in Picton, NSW on Saturday evening 11th April. 'IlluminARTe' celebrates the International Year of Light.
Solo Exhibition - Buratti Fine Art
Buratti Fine Art 222 Queen Victoria, North Fremantle. www.buratti.com.au
STOP PRESS: This exhibition has been cancelled due to an arm injury the artist has sustained (yes, the painting arm). - Posted December 2014
The bi-monthly Canberra arts & culture magazine 'CAPITAL' featured YASSarts as its cover story and discussed its creator Kim Nelson's role in the development of arts in the region in which he lives.
'Meditation' 31st October - 25th November
Buratti Fine Art, Fremantle, will feature Kim Nelson's artwork in a mixed exhibition entitled 'Meditation: Contemporary Still Life'. Buratti Fine Art 222 Queen Victoria, North Fremantle. www.buratti.com.au
YASSarts: Closer to the artist's home turf, the Yass Tribune reported that Nelson was stepping down from his role in YASSarts, an arts & culture initiative he created over ten years ago. Yass Tribune story
'Eyeline' contempoary arts magazine in its #81 issue ran a story about esoteric art in Australia highlighting the Robert Buratti curated 'Windows to the Sacred' exhibition and featuring Kim Nelson's artwork 'Animula Vagula Blandula'.
'A Collection of Odd Fellows' 4th - 29th September
Featuring the work of Kim Nelson alongside friends Marie-Nicole Roberts (Mixed Media), Col Nelson (Painting), Anne Hind (Painting & Body Art) and Ivor Hind (Automata & Mechanical Toys).
Oddfellows' Art Centre, 67 Comur Street, Yass
NSW Parliament En Plein Air Prize
Kim Nelson's artwork 'The Firebreak' has been selected as a finalist in the prestigious NSW Parliament En Plein Air Prize. The exhibition will be on show from 10th June – 1st August 2014 in the Fountain Court of the NSW Parliament, Sydney.
The Odd Exhibition
On 24th - 25th May Kim Nelson will celebrate the end of an era with a farewell exhibition and sale at the Oddfellows' Hall in Yass NSW. Oddfellows' has become something of a cultural tourism mecca in the Yass Valley region and the unfortunate outcome of this is that his artistic output has become less. However he has been working hard behind the scenes and is happy to say that the venue will remain open as a public face for YASSarts
Windows to the Sacred
Kim Nelson’s art will be featured in 'Windows to the Sacred: An exploration of the Esoteric', opening at the Devonport Regional Gallery, Tasmania, on 4th May - Windows to the Sacred is a touring exhibition curated by Robert Buratti, one of Australia’s leading experts in the area of esoteric art, this extraordinary exhibition also brings together work previously shown at the Pompidou Centre, Paris. The exhibition kicked off at the National Trust's S.H. Ervin Gallery at Observatory Hill in Sydney, in 2013 and will take in Orange and the Mornington Peninsula regional galleries in 2014 finishing with a show in Queensland in 2015. Official website: www.windowstothesacred.com Devonport Regional Gallery 4th - 31st May 2014
Kim Nelson once again coordinated the YASSarts Arts Weekend which this year featured the inaugural 'Sculpture in the Paddock' exhibition (this event received coverage on ABC television nationally) amongst other events including music, poetry and visual arts.
He was also interviewed for a special story about historic 'Linton' a Yass Valley property that once housed artworks by Da Vinci, Michaelangelo, Rubens, Alma Tadema, John William Waterhouse and Henry Moore amongst an eclectic range of items including Medieval manuscripts, Charles Dickens writing desk and a famous collection of Roman coins.
Kim Nelson's artwork 'Our Lady of Impossible Things will be featured in the 'Centenary of Canberra' exhibition at the Aarwun Gallery, Canberra.
Starting the 29th August, Kim Nelson’s work will be featured in Windows to the Sacred: An exploration of the Esoteric - an exhibition which includes iconic Australian artist James Gleeson whose works will be re-examined in the context of their esoteric influences. This unique exhibition also includes key works by the English occultist Aleister Crowley, Austin Osman Spare and works by the infamous Australian occult artist Rosaleen Norton.
Additionally the exhibition will feature Barry William Hale, Danie Mellor, Kim Nelson, Alex Proyas, Thor Engelstad and music by Jeff Martin (of ‘The Tea Party’). American filmmaker Kenneth Anger, English filmmaker Harry Smith, along with NOKO and Masonik have contributed film installations. A highlight of the exhibition will be the installation of a Gnostic Temple by Collective 777.
Curated by Robert Buratti, one of Australia’s leading experts in the area of esoteric art, this extraordinary exhibition brings together work previously shown at the Pompidou Centre, Paris.
“Esoteric art is essentially focused on man’s search for hidden knowledge of himself and his place in the universe. It’s a fascinating genre that attracts worldwide interest from collectors and institutions”, says Buratti. “In 2008 the Pompidou Centre, Paris, staged the exhibition Traces of the Sacred, which examined artists engaged with the exploration of the sacred in art. Throughout history artists have represented spiritual themes; in the past this meant producing overtly religious works but in the 20th century when organised, mainstream religion lost its influence over artists, they didn’t abandon the idea of the sacred entirely — they just discovered new ways to explore the basic human urge toward transcendence”.
The exhibition kicks off at the National Trust's S.H. Ervin Gallery at Observatory Hill in Sydney, before travelling to Orange, the Mornington Peninsula and Devonport regional galleries finishing with a show in Queensland in late 2014.
For those living in the Southern Highlands of New south Wales, Kim Nelson’s work will be featured in a group exhibition of painting & sculpture entitled ‘Art a la Palette’ at Mount Ashby Estate, 128 Nowra Road, Moss Vale (located between Moss Vale and Fitzroy Falls). The exhibition runs through to early June 2013
Kim Nelson's artwork 'Black Country Communion' was selected as a finalist in the NSW Parliament 'Pein Air' Prize to be staged at the NSW State Parliament building in Sydney. http://www.pleinair.com.au/
Kim Nelson's artwork 'The Sentinels' was selected as a finalist in the prestigious Glover Art Prize http://www.johnglover.com.au/
A feature story by Jennifer Kingma about Kim Nelson and his work with the YASSarts project ran in the Canberra Times 'Panorama' magazine on February 16th. An online version can be seen here: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/entertainment/art-and-design/support-from-within-20130214-2eg20.html
In the 2013 Austalia Day honours Kim Nelson was named Yass Valley Shire Citizen of the Year for his contribution to the Yass Valley community over the years in a range of events and roles and specifically for his creation of YASSarts and promotion of arts and culture in his home region
Kim Nelson’s 2012 solo exhibition 'HOMELAND' kicks off Saturday 3rd November with an opening at 3pm.
Kim Nelson Fine Art & Editions 67 Comur Street Yass NSW 2582
STOP PRESS: New KIM NELSON 40 page booklet to be launched at 'HOMELAND' exhibition on 3rd November
A feature story on Kim Nelson by writer Sally Hopman entitled featured in the Canberra Times Panorama Magazine on 3rd November. An online version can be seen here http://www.canberratimes.com.au/entertainment/art-and-design/a-kiss-to-the-homeland-20121102-28njb.html
The weekend of the 3-4 November also features the CLASSIC YASS event in the Yass Valley Shire including the YASSarts 'Arts Trail' which Kim Nelson coordinates. Other events of the weekend include the Celebration of Heritage Motoring, Rotary Billy Cart Derby, the Red Cross Open Gardens and Historic Houses and the regional wineries festival 'Wine, Roses and All That Jazz'
A feature story on Kim Nelson and his uncle traditional landscape artist Leonard Long OAM (who turned 100 in 2011) will appear in the lifestyle magazine 'Living' this month. http://www.livingmagazine.com.au
Buratti Fine Art will feature new work by Kim Nelson in a group exhibition entitled ‘Windows to the Sacred’.The exhibition kicks off on the 13th July 2012 at:
Buratti Fine Art 222 Queen Victoria, North Fremantle. http://www.buratti.com.au/
Kim Nelson’s portrait of his uncle entitled 'Leonard Long, Patron Saint of Landscape Artists' has been selected as a finalist in the Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award which is staged at the Bega Regional Art Gallery. This artwork was also selected as a finalist in the City of Perth 'Black Swan Portrait Award' in 2011.Exhibition details below:
Official opening Friday June 1, 2012
Exhibition closes Saturday July 7, 2012
Bega Valley Regional Gallery Zingel Place, Bega NSW
Kim Nelson Fine Art & Editions will stage a special 'Easter Collection' exhibition featuring a collection of artwork on loan from private collections.
Exhibition runs until Monday 16th April. Oddfellows' Hall, 67 Comur Street Yass
Buratti Fine Art in Western Australia is featuring a group exhibition featuring Kim Nelson’s art alongside Wendy Sharpe, Peter Kendall & Alex Proyas. Buratti Fine Art 222 Queen Victoria, North Fremantle. http://www.buratti.com.au/ Kim Nelson’s painting ‘Flood on the Darling’ was one of two highly commended artworks chosen by judge and landscape artist Ian Grant at the Essential Energy Countryscapes Prize at the Bathurst Regional Art Gallery in November 2011. He also received the Essential Energy People’s Choice Award. The exhibition continues till 15th January
Bathurst Regional Art Gallery 70 -78 Keppel St Bathurst