We have been fortunate to have collected a number of original William Nelson's works. I personally consider him the one of the best contemporary realists. This is a wonderful portrait that has captured both a bit of lingering naivete from years gone by under the somewhat hardened present exterior.
This is signed and dated, 1986, lower right.
It measures 15 inches by 10 inches.
Very Good Vintage Condition.
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 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 toCaucus 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 official 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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