William Nelson's artwork embodies a complete spectrum of American life. His Western and Native American images have been compared the work of other realist greats such as George Catlin and the legendary Fredric Remington. Nelson's nostalgic art has been compared with the work of Norman Rockwell and Andrew Wyeth. This wonderfully nostalgic and almost impressionistic painting is in Very Good Condition. It is (Sight) 19" by 12 1/2"; Framed 27" by 20". It is professionally matted and framed.
In 1976, Nelson was commissioned as the official exclusive artist for the Olympiad by the United States Olympic Comittee and his work was part of the Atlanta Olympiad in 1996. He was also commissioned by the U.S. Congress to paint "A Bicentennial History of the United States" which was unveiled before leaders of the American Revolution Bicentennial Administration in Washington D.C. and was later put on display at the Smithsonian Institute.
Nelson has works that are displayed in the White House, The National Museum of Art, and numerous private collections.
Studies began at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago at age twelve and continued until awarded a full scholarship to the same school.
MAJOR EXHIBITIONS: 2013 Art Post Gallery, Northbrook IL 1991 Prince Galleries, Chicago, IL 2010 Kamp Galleries, Chicago, Winnetka, IL 1990 Prince Galleries, Chicago, IL 2007 University Club, Chicago, IL 1989 Galerie Park Palace, Monaco 2006 Art Post Gallery, Glenview, IL 1988 Janice Hunt Galleries, Chicago, IL 2004 Municipal Art League of Chicago 1987 Sioux City Art Center, Sioux City, IA 2000-2001 Gallery Art 3, Osaka, Japan 1986 Green Street Gallery, New York, NY 1998 Gallery Venus, Nagoya, Japan 1985 Mussavi Gallery, New York, NY 1998 Intermode Station, Osaka, Japan 1984 The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL 1997 Gallery Fleg International, Tokyo, Japan 1981 Ta Nisia Galleries, New York, NY 1996 Timely Elegance Gallery, Nagoya, Japan 1981 Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL 1995 Union League Club, Chicago, IL 1979 Sante Fe Festival of Arts, Santa Fe, NM 1994 William DeLind Galleries, Milwaukee, WI 1975 Peterson Galleries, Beverly Hills, CA 1993 William DeLind Galleries, Milwaukee, WI 1974 Senate Caucus Room, Russel Senate 1992 Oil Painters of America Exhibitions, Chicago, IL Office Building, Washington, DC 1973 Vincent Price Gallery, Chicago, IL
MAJOR COMMISSIONS AND APPOINTMENTS
Created series of paintings and limited edition Designer of commemorative plate for Limoges, lithographs for Timely Elegance Gallery and France Runon Corporation in Nagoya and Osaka, Japan Portrait of Chef Jean Banchet and other works Series of paintings—Monaco and The Riviera, other works depicting gala nights at LeFrancais An American Viewpoint, Galerie Park Palace, restaurant Monaco Produced posters of Chicago Theatre painting First artist to have a private show in the Senate Chicago Landmark Preservation Council to Caucus Room, Washington, DC help defray legal costs to save the Theatre
Recording artist of the Oglala Sioux Sundance Commissioned to paint A Bicentennial History Ceremony at Pine Ridge, SD. Commissioned by of the United States 1976 by Bicentennial Dr. James Gillihan, Director of Cultural Preservation Administration President John Warner
Appointed by the U.S. Olympic Committee to Commissioned by Ray Kroch to paint portrait complete a series of paintings depicting the of Lou Brock, baseball player for the St. Louis Innsbruck and Montreal Games in 1976 Cardinals; presented painting during ceremony (first offical artists of the U.S. Olympics) at game in San Diego stadium
SELECTED PRIVATE COLLECTIONS
Pat Fitzgerald - Head Coach, Northwestern Football Team Chicago Mercantile Exchange William P. Campbell, Curator of American Painting, Barbara and Wally Phillips National Gallery of Art Bruce Jenner Colonel Donald Miller, Past President, U.S. Olympic Paul Newman Committee Joanne Woodward Universal Studios, Hollywood, CA Burt Reynolds Northern Trust Bank, Chicago, IL Jim McKay Morton’s Steakhouse Chef Jean Banchet
SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
The Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC Loyola University of Chicago, Chicago, IL Chicago Public Library, Chicago, IL Chicago Historical Society, Chicago, IL National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC Evansville Museum of Art and Sciences, IN Illinois State Museum, Springfield, IL Brigham Young University, UT W. H. Over Museum, SD Oakton Community College, IL Crazy Horse Memorial, SD
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